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The changing role of information in warfare
Khalilzad, Zalmay.
Publication Information:
Santa Monica, CA : RAND, 1999.
Physical Description:
xxiii, 452 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
General Note:
"The research reported here was sponsored by the United States Air Force under contract F49642-96-C-0001.
Reading Level:
1500 Lexile.
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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 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.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. iii
Acknowledgmentsp. xvii
Abbreviationsp. xix
Forewordp. 1
Chapter 1 Introductionp. 7
Referencesp. 14
Part I Society and the International Systemp. 17
Chapter 2 The American Military Enterprise in the Information Agep. 19
Bibliographyp. 42
Chapter 3 Right Makes Might: Freedom and Power in the Information Agep. 45
Bibliographyp. 73
Chapter 4 Networks, Netwar, and Information- Age Terrorismp. 75
Referencesp. 105
Chapter 5 Information and War: is It a Revolution?p. 113
Referencesp. 148
Part II U.S. Opportunities and Vulnerabilitiesp. 155
Chapter 6 Information and Warfare: New Opportunities for U.S. Military Forcep. 157
Referencesp. 178
Chapter 7 U.S. Military Opportunities: Information- Warfare Concepts of Operationp. 179
Referencesp. 213
Chapter 8 The Information Revolution and Psychological Effectsp. 217
Referencesp. 248
Chapter 9 U.S. Strategic Vulnerabilities: Threats Against Societyp. 253
Referencesp. 280
Chapter 10 Implications of Information Vulnerabilities for Military Operationsp. 283
Referencesp. 322
Part III Issues, Strategies, and Lessons for Decisionmakersp. 325
Chapter 11 Military Organization in the Information Age: Lessons from the World of Businessp. 327
Referencesp. 359
Chapter 12 Arms Control, Export Regimes, and Multilateral Cooperationp. 361
Referencesp. 377
Chapter 13 Ethics and Information Warfarep. 379
Referencesp. 398
Chapter 14 Defense in a Wired World: Protection, Deterrence, and Preventionp. 403
Referencesp. 434
Chapter 15 Conclusion: the Changing Role of Information in Warfarep. 437
Referencesp. 452