The “Information Operations Roadmap”, Rumsfeld’s guide to Information Warfare.

A document titled “Information Operations Roadmap” authored by Donald Rumsfeld in October of 2003 and made public under the Freedom of Information Act in January of 2006 has provided insight into the US Military’s very active approach to Information Warfare and Psychological Operations.

An excerpt from the documents Foreward:

“Secretary’s Foreward:
The Information Operations Roadmap provides the Department with a plan to advance the goal of information operations as a core military competency. It provides a commong framework for understanding IO (Information Operations), and policies and procedures to empower Combatant Commanders with authority to plan and integrate IO. It consolidates oversight, advocacy and analytic support for IO. It calls for a dedicated work force and improved training and education for IO. Lastly, it mandates innovative organizational structures that advance operational capabilities to keep pace with warfighter needs and support defense transformation. Like any plan, it will evolve over time as the Department gains ecperience through implementation. For that reason, I will review the implementation effort after one year and the plan will be adjusted as appropriate.

Signed:
Donald H. Rumsfeld
Secretary of Defense

This document is 78 pages in length but it is absolutely must-have reading for anyone interested in Information Security or the War on Terror. The .pdf document is available via the Information Warfare Site. A very good write up on the document exists at the National Security Archive (supposedly non-biased) but I advise caution when you encounter the conspiracy theorist knee-jerks in the article. the document itself is available via the aforementioned links or as a direct download here.

When I’ve had time to study the document I will update this post with more information.

One Response to “The “Information Operations Roadmap”, Rumsfeld’s guide to Information Warfare.”

  1. The “Information Operations Roadmap”, Rumsfeld’s guide to Information Warfare.

    A document titled “Information Operations Roadmap” authored by Donald Rumsfeld in October of 2003 has provided insight into the US Military’s very active approach to Information Warfare and Psychological Operations.

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