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Air University Student Research Paper 1996

Title:
[2025] Information Operations: Wisdom Warfare for 2025

Subject: A future study on concepts and technologies to exploit information in the year 2025 and beyond.

Author(s): Gary C. Bender; Edward F. Murphy; Larry J. Schaefer; Michael M. Shepard; Eduardo L. Vargas (Faculty Advisor); Charles W. Williamson III

DTIC Keywords: ADAPTIVE TRAINING, AIR FORCE RESEARCH, AIR POWER, ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE, AUTOMATIC VOICE NETWORK, COMPUTER NETWORKS, COMPUTERIZED SIMULATION, CORPORATE INFORMATION MANAGEMENT, DECISION AIDS, DECISION MAKING, DECISION SUPPORT SYSTEMS, DECISION THEORY, GEOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION SYSTEMS, INFORMATION EXCHANGE, INFORMATION PROCESSING, INFORMATION RETRIEVAL, INFORMATION SCIENCES, INFORMATION SYSTEMS, INFORMATION THEORY, INFORMATION TRANSFER, KNOWLEDGE BASED SYSTEMS, MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS, MILITARY OPERATIONS, MILITARY RESEARCH, MILITARY RESEARCH, MILITARY TRAINING, OPERATIONS RESEARCH, OPERATIONS RESEARCH, SIMULATION, SPACE SYSTEMS, SPACE TECHNOLOGY, TECHNOLOGY FORECASTING, THEATER LEVEL OPERATIONS, TRAINING, TRAINING DEVICES, TRAINING GEAR, VIRTUAL REALITY

Abstract: The thesis of this paper is that a robust information operations architecture can provide leaders dominant battlespace knowledge and tools for improved decision making.

US armed forces in 2025 need an information operations system that generates products and services that are timely, reliable, relevant, and tailored to each user's needs. The products must come from systems that are secure, redundant, survivable, transportable, adaptable, deception resistant, capable of fusing vast amount of data, and capable of forecasting.

The information operations architecture of 2025 proposed in this paper consists of thousands of widely distributed nodes, performing the full range of collection, data fusion, analysis, and command functions, all linked together through a robust networking system. Data will be collected, organized into usable information, analyzed and assimilated, and displayed in a form that enhances the military decision maker's understanding of the situation. The architecture will also apply modeling, simulation, and forecasting tools to help commanders make sound choices for employing military force. This architecture allows the US armed forces to conduct Wisdom Warfare.

The system can be used by the commander-in-chief, unit commander, supervisor, or technician. Somewhere in the work place, in a vehicle, or on the person there will be a link to the sensors, transmitters, receivers, storage devices, and transformation systems that will provide, in push or pull fashion, all the synthesized information needed to accomplish the mission or task. Information will be presented in a variety of forms selected by the user.

To realize this capability in 2025, America's armed forces will have to alter the way they do business. Doctrinal and organizational changes will have to overcome institutional biases and orchestrate the development of an open architecture. The commercial market's lead in information technology development must be leveraged. New approaches to computing, as well as advancements in processing speeds and capacity, artificial intelligence (AI), software development, and networking must be investigated. In addition, research on human decision making processes, human system integration and display technology must be fostered.

To win in 2025, the armed forces of the United States will require an information operations architecture that uses information better and faster than its adversaries. This architecture must be effective across the spectrum of military operations and in any alternate future. To achieve this feasible system by 2025, America must begin to commit its time and money.

 


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