Title: Information-Based Warfare: A Third Wave Perspective
Subject: Defense against information-based warfare.
Author(s): David M. Komar; James Brungess (Faculty Advisor)
DTIC Keywords: ECONOMIC WARFARE, INFORMATION SYSTEMS
The information revolution provided the technology to process
vast amounts of data and make it accessible instantaneously and
simultaneously to anyone anywhere in the world. This capability has
impacted the world economy in particular. Nations have moved from a
domestic to a global focus and nations have become more
interdependent. The Tofflers' proposed a model which depicts a trisected
world with societies categorized by how they make wealth. The most
advanced wave, the Third Wave, creates wealth through knowledge.
Consistent with the Tofflers' model, economies of Third Wave societies
are becoming more and more dependent upon knowledge. Increased
economic competition among the wealthy nations, and increased disparity
between the haves and have-nots have intensified economic conflict as
nations attempt to ensure prosperity. The effects of the information
revolution on the global economy have made the wealthy nations more
vulnerable to information-based warfare against the economic instruments.
If the Tofflers' model accurately depicts the wealth generation methods of the Third-Wave, then the most likely future war-form is formation-based warfare against the economic instruments. Third Wave societies are ill-prepared to defend against this new war-form. The advanced nations must recognize their vulnerabilities and develop the policies and means to protect themselves against these new threats.
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