AI: artificial intelligence
BDA: battle damage assessment
C2: command and control
COA: course of action
DBS: direct broadcast service
DNA: deoxyribonucleic acid
FCM: fuzzy cognitive map
GCCS: global command and control system
HSI: human system integration
HUMINT: human intelligence
IAT: information access technology
IMINT: imagery intelligence
ISA: intelligent software agent
MASINT: measure and signature intelligence
MOD/SIM: modeling and simulation
NCO: non-commissioned officer
NRT: Near Real Time
OODA: observe, orient, decide, and act
OAS: Organization of American States
PDA: personal digital assistant
SIGINT: signals intelligence
UN: United Nations
US: United States
WMD: weapons of mass destruction
Architecture: A framework or structure that portrays relationships
among all the elements of the subject force, system, or activity.
Battlespace: Area of concentration or concern; typically the
workspace. Dependent on the scope of the individual's effort and level
in the system hierarchy.
Command and control: The exercise of authority and direction
by a properly designated commander over assigned forces in the accomplishment
of the mission. 2
Information: Data and instructions. 3
Information dominance: The state where one adversary possesses
almost complete battlespace awareness, while the other adversary is
cut off from almost all information sources. 4
Also information superiority.
Information operations: Any action involving the acquisition,
transmission, storage, or transformation of information that enhances
the employment of military operations. 5
Information superiority: See information dominance.
Information system: The organized collection, processing,
transmission, and dissemination of information, in accordance with
defined procedures, whether automated or manual. In Information Warfare,
this includes the entire infrastructure, organization, and components
that collect, process, store, transmit, display, and disseminate information.
Information warfare: Any action to deny, exploit, corrupt,
or destroy the enemy's information and its functions; protecting ourselves
against those actions; and exploiting our own military information
Knowledge: The fusion, correlation, and association of related
intelligence information leading to understanding.
Offensive counterinformation: Actions against the adversary's
information functions. 8
Wisdom: Discernment based not only on factual knowledge but
on judgment and insight. 9
- Joint Publication 1-02, DoD Dictionary of Military and Associated
Terms, 23 March 1994, 32.
- Joint Publication 1-02, 78.
- Department of the Air Force, Cornerstones of Information Warfare,
- Stewart E. Johnson and Martin C. Libicki, Dominant Battlespace
Knowledge: The Winning Edge (Washington, D.C.: National Defense
University Press, 1995), 27-58.
- Cornerstones, Definitions.
- DoD Directive S-3600.1 [draft]
- Cornerstones, Definitions.
- Philip B. Gove, editor in chief, Webster's Third New International
Dictionary, Unabridged (Springfield, Massachusetts: Merriam-Webster,
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