Air University Student Research Paper 1997
Title: The One with the Most Information Wins? The Quest
for Information Superiority
Subject: This thesis examines information superiority and
the related concepts, and examines current information technology
initiatives in order to discern the characteristics which can aid
in the quest for information superiority
Author(s): Stacy M. Clements
DTIC Keywords: INFORMATION WARFARE, DECISION MAKING, INFORMATION
PROCESSING, INFORMATION TRANSFER, RESOURCES
Abstract: The escalation of interest in information as
a corporate resource is reflected in the military's quest for information
superiority. A volume of directives, articles, and doctrine is appearing
to meet the unique challenges presented by information as a resource.
Discussions of how to achieve information superiority have given
rise to investigations of such related concepts as information warfare
and information operations, with associated taxonomies and ideas
of how to use information capabilities for attack and defense. Included
in the equation is the quantity of dollars spent on information
technology in an attempt to exploit information resources.
This thesis examines information superiority and the related concepts,
and examines current information technology initiatives in order
to discern the characteristics which can aid in the quest for information
superiority. A synthesis of the most prominent perspectives on information
superiority is formed. In the context of this definition, a process
model of information superiority and its necessary activities is
developed, with acquisition and decision making identified as key.
The idea of information technology as enabling information superiority
is probed, and an alternate view proposed; contending that information
technology is more likely to be detrimental to information superiority
unless certain criteria are met. The resulting conceptual model
depicts the key attributes of information superiority and information
technology, and represents the relationships between these concepts.