Air University Student Research Paper 2000
Title: Future Information Operations (Io) In
The Military: Is It Time For An Io Cinc?
Subject: This study uses open source, unclassified information
as a means to consider our current IO posture.
Author(s): Robert J. Gaines
Abstract: The world is growing. Obviously not in terms of geography,
but rather in the information dimension. Populations, economies, and individual
opportunity are each growing at rates unprecedented in the human experience.
With this growth, the worldwide lust for information makes it a most powerful
and necessary commodity. The world of Information Operations is where
this commodity is produced, guarded, and marketed. If the United States
of America is to maintain Superpower status, we must be pre-eminent in
our Information Operations capability and readiness. The Department of
Defense is funneling significant resources to meet this challenge. The
question is: Under what command and control hierarchy are these efforts
best shepherded? The first step in this study was to review existing literature
on this topic and glean the present as is condition of national Information
Operations policy, military vision, private sector concern, law, and ethics.
From this foundation, important issues were revealed and analyzed within
the contextual framework. This research indicates our national interest
would be best served through establishing an Information Operations Unified
Command. Commitment and investment at this level by the National Command
Authority and Department of Defense is logical and necessary to shape,
respond, and prepare for worldwide Information Operations, potential Information
Warfare, and cyber-terrorism.