Air University Student Research Paper 1999
Title: Informations Operations: Moving from doctrine to execution.
Subject: This paper reviews the Air Intelligence Agency's Information
Operations (IO) Flight concept for effectivenss and responsiveness in
meeting the IO doctrine.
Author(s): Seshagiri Munipalli; Tony R. Mullis (Faculty Advisor)
DTIC Keywords: DOCTRINE, INFORMATION WARFARE, MILITARY DOCTRINE,
MILITARY OPERATIONS, OPERATIONAL READINESS
Abstract: The world is in a midst of an information technology
revolution. The military force that best exploits and defends information
and information systems will have the military advantage in the 21st Century
battlespace. Much of the information and information systems that the
military uses resides on the National Information Infrastructure (NII),
which itself is inter-connected with the Global Information Infrastructure
(GII). Consequently, vulnerabilities and threats to the GII and NII will
impact not only military systems but also future military operations.
Recognizing the potential of both the United States military and an adversary
to exploit these vulnerabilities, the Joint Staff and the USAF have published
their doctrines on information operations (IO). At the same time, the
USAF is reorganizing its operational structure to a forward-deployed air
expeditionary force. As a result, IO will play a greater role in enhancing
the application of aerospace power against a future adversary. This research
paper describes the roots of information superiority as envisioned in
top-level visionary documents and the current IO doctrine. The research
also discusses potential legal restrictions on IO and identifies some
IO targets and threats. This paper also raises several issues with the
USAF doctrine and recommends several steps for executing IO as the USAF
transitions to an expeditionary force.