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Intelligence-Based Warfare

Intelligence-based warfare is sensor based -- unlike other IW, which directly corrupt technological systems, intelligence-based warfare is regarded as the "steel to target" IW. Libicki defines intelligence-based warfare "as warfare that consists of the design, protection, and denial of systems that seek sufficient knowledge to dominate the battlespace. (1995)"

Intelligence-based warfare consists of both offensive and defensive tactics. The object of offensive intelligence-based warfare is to prevent surprise and allow the commander to shape the battle plans (Libicki, 1995). An example of offensive intelligence-based warfare is a missile that is fired remotely. Targets identified through the use of sensors is another good example. Defensive intelligence-based warfare is a little more difficult to predict. They come in very indefinable and sometimes invisible packages. Examples -- the use of decoys or stealth fighters.

The use of sensors are largely growing on the battlefield. We will explore the use of sensors when we take a peek at the future.

Good intelligence allows the commander to shape the battle!