Strategic Appraisal: The Changing Role of Information in Warfare [NOOK Book]

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Advances in information technology have led us to rely on easy communication and readily available information--both in our personal lives and in the life of our nation. For the most part, we have rightly welcomed these changes. But information that is readily available is available to friend and foe alike; a system that relies on communication can become useless if its ability to communicate is interfered with or destroyed. Because this reliance is so general, attacks on the information infrastructure can have ...
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Strategic Appraisal: The Changing Role of Information in Warfare

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Overview


Advances in information technology have led us to rely on easy communication and readily available information--both in our personal lives and in the life of our nation. For the most part, we have rightly welcomed these changes. But information that is readily available is available to friend and foe alike; a system that relies on communication can become useless if its ability to communicate is interfered with or destroyed. Because this reliance is so general, attacks on the information infrastructure can have widespread effects, both for the military and for society. And such attacks can come from a variety of sources, some difficult or impossible to identify. This, the third volume in the Strategic Appraisal series, draws on the expertise of researchers from across RAND to explore the opportunities and vulnerabilities inherent in the increasing reliance on information technology, looking both at its usefulness to the warrior and the need to protect its usefulness for everyone. The Strategic Appraisal series is intended to review, for a broad audience, issues bearing on national security and defense planning.
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Editorial Reviews

Midwest Book Review
This seminal work of impressive scholarship is especially pertinent considering continued American involvement with armed conflicts around the globe....
Foreign Affairs
...a trenchant and skeptical analysis of the lessons the military can and should learn from business organizations wrestling with the information revolution.
Computing Reviews
...highly recommended for the target audience of senior national security decision makers. Also recommended to information technology professionals interested in the fundamental changes to national defense realities...
Reference & Research Book News
Brings together work by 20 experts in information technology and defense policy to tackle issues of U.S. vulnerability due to heavy reliance on advanced information systems.
Booknews
Brings together work by 20 experts in information technology and defense policy to tackle issues of the US' vulnerability due to its heavy reliance on advanced information systems. Examines vulnerability to information attacks on vital domestic systems such as transportation, communications, finance, and utilities, and shows how the same techniques that can be used to disrupt and manipulate civilian targets can be used to degrade performance of US military forces. The authors are associated with the RAND Corporation and its Project AIR FORCE. Lacks a subject index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknew.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780833043337
  • Publisher: RAND Corporation
  • Publication date: 5/11/1999
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 475
  • File size: 5 MB

Table of Contents

Preface
Figures
Tables
Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
Foreword 1
Ch. 1 Introduction 7
Pt. I Society and the International System 17
Ch. 2 The American Military Enterprise in the Information Age 19
Ch. 3 Right Makes Might: Freedom and Power in the Information Age 45
Ch. 4 Networks, Netwar, and Information-Age Terrorism 75
Ch. 5 Information and War: Is it a Revolution? 113
Pt. II U.S. Opportunities and Vulnerabilities 155
Ch. 6 Information and Warfare: New Opportunities for U.S. Military Forces 157
Ch. 7 U.S. Military Opportunities: Information-Warfare Concepts of Operation 179
Ch. 8 The Information Revolution and Psychological Effects 217
Ch. 9 U.S. Strategic Vulnerabilities: Threats Against Society 253
Ch. 10 Implications of Information Vulnerabilities for Military Operations 283
Pt. III Issues, Strategies, and Lessons for Decisionmakers 325
Ch. 11 Military Organization in the Information Age: Lessons from the World of Business 327
Ch. 12 Arms Control, Export Regimes, and Multilateral Cooperation 361
Ch. 13 Ethics and Information Warfare 379
Ch. 14 Defense in a Wired World: Protection, Deterrence, and Prevention 403
Ch. 15 Conclusion: The Changing Role of Information in Warfare 437
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