DA4101 Concepts in Information Operations

The emergence of information operations (IO) signaled a broadening of the original concept of information warfare (IW) beyond its early emphasis on electronic warfare and/or cyberspace-based attack and defense, to include also such notions as managing others' perceptions, public diplomacy, and the media. This broadening implied a new emphasis on content-based concepts of information operations as opposed to conduit-oriented issues of attack and defense of communications. This course surveys the entire scope of IO, keeping in mind the critical importance of IW, but also emphasizing the more conceptual issues having to do with strategy, doctrine and organization. Applied issues are also examined, including such topics as the methods for sharing sensitive data with semi-trusted allies, and the impact of information attack and defense on the future of force projection. Prerequisites: None.

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  • As Required