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(en) DAMN-ORG: Pentagon recognizes "battlespace"

From Stefan Wray <sjw210@is8.nyu.edu> (by way of whispered media)
Date Tue, 15 Dec 1998 05:06:31 -0500

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DOD recognizes info warfare as key battlefield
BY BOB BREWIN (antenna@fcw.com)
SAN DIEGO -- A Defense Department official revealed yesterday that the
military services approved in October a new Information Operations policy
formally institutionalizing information warfare as a new operational

The Joint Chiefs of Staff -- the top uniformed commanders of the four
services -- formally codified Information Operations doctrine with a quiet
endorsement and release of a guidance document called Joint Publication
3-13, according to Daniel Kuehl, chairman of the Information Operations
Department, School of Information Warfare and Strategy at the National
Defense University.

The new doctrine, which covers defensive and offensive information
operations, raises information warfare to the same importance as the three
traditional battlegrounds -- air, land and sea -- and treats cyberspace as
something akin to a physical space that has "become a critical environment,"
said Kuehl, speaking here at the semiannual Navy Connecting Technology

The Information Operations doctrine "moves information operations from an
ad hoc process and institutionalizes it." The individual services already had
taken steps to formalize their information operations, Kuehl said, and the new
doctrine brings these operations into the joint realm.

The doctrine published by the chiefs takes warfare to a new dimension with
the "ultimate target [of information operations] human decision-making."
Kuehl added that the Pentagon now refers to conducting wars in
"battlespace'' rather than battlegrounds to indicate the shift of warfare
from the
purely physical realm.

The codification of information operations recognizes that information warfare
has become a "global issue" Kuehl said, with major "nation states [engaged in]
information operations 365 days a year."

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