12 June 1998
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Chapter 11


11.1. Information Operations (IO) and Information Warfare . Information is central to the way the U.S. wages war and will be critical to Air Force operations in the 21st Century. As Air Force doctrine changes to recognize air and space operations, targeting will transition leaving behind the old paradigms and institutionalizing info-oriented perspectives.

11.1.1. Department of Defense (DoD) Directive S-3600.1 updates IO and IW policy, definition, and responsibilities within the DoD. IW is a sub-set of Information Operations and is defined by the directive as "Information's Operations conducted during time of crisis or conflict to achieve or promote specific objectives over a specific adversary or adversaries." Information Operations is defined as "actions taken to affect adversary information and information systems while defending one's own information, and information systems." The goal of IW is to achieve the Air Force core competency of information superiority by successfully performing the missions of counter-information. Information superiority is obtained over an adversary by controlling the information environment, exploiting our advantage in information and information systems, and by using information to enhance our operations. IW employs a force-multiplier capability, enhancing and synergistically adding to other methods of warfighting.
11.1.2. Counter-information includes both defensive counterinformation (DCI) and offensive counterinformation (OCI). DCI consists of security measures (information assurance and information security), counterintelligence, counterdeception and counterpsychological operations (PSYOP). OCI consists of PSYOP, electronic warfare (electronic attack, electronic protections, and electronic warfare support), military deception, physical attack and information attack. During times of crisis or conflict (war), USAF IW activities must be integrated into the joint air and space operations plan and air tasking order (ATO).
11.1.3. The Air Force leadership (CSAF and SECAF) views IW as an emerging concept of great significance, as signified in the foreword of "Cornerstones of Information Warfare":

11.2. Objectives. "Cornerstones of Information Warfare" and "Air Force Doctrine Document (AFDD) 2-5, Information Operations" discuss the three objectives of IW:

11.3. Challenges. As the Air Force recognizes the significance of IW, its impact will be felt throughout all aspects of Air Force intelligence. Unprecedented levels of detail, the identification of critical information elements contained throughout the spectrum of the target categories, and compressed collection time-lines are expected to characterize the general direction of change. Targeting support to IW is a challenge and will require a collaborative effort across the operations, intelligence, and technical communities.

11.3.1. The ability to directly influence the information realm through Direct IW (Information Attack) requires an entirely new direction of intelligence support. Methods of collecting and analyzing the new types of intelligence necessary to plan and execute offensive and defensive aspects of this mission will need to be incorporated. Targeting and combat assessment functions will become increasingly complicated as they expand from their purely physical orientation to support warfare in the information realm.

11.3.2. The Air Force views information as a separate realm, potent weapon, and lucrative target. In looking at information as a distinctive realm, we are looking at expanding from the physical or material level to what is described as the virtual level; a layer without geographical constraints. Within the information battlespace, the means to achieve military objectives has now expanded. Not only can we target traditional force elements with precision, but we can hold at risk the architecture that orchestrates modern warfare. Information technologies will enable us to attack a significantly larger set of targets using enhanced lethal and non lethal capabilities, greatly complicating weapon system allocation decisions.

11.4. Information Warfare and the Targeting Process. The impact of IW is addressed in detail across the six phases of the targeting process: objectives and guidance; target development; weaponeering; force application; execution planning; and combat assessment.

11.4.1. Objectives and Guidance Derivation . The development and dissemination of objectives and guidance mark the first step in the targeting process and arguably the most critical. Targeting professionals must comprehend National Command Authority (NCA) IW objectives and guidance as passed to the Combatant Commanders. SECAF and JAG IW guidance must be followed and incorporated into IW actions. Targeteers should be intimately involved in the delineation of the cyberspace equivalents of fire control measures, ( e.g., FSCL and Corps/Division boundaries) to ensure deconfliction and avoid fratricide. They also must become knowledgeable of Joint policy and doctrine for IW. Targeting support to IW should be included not only in Air Force documents as this pamphlet but also in joint documents such as Joint Pub 2-0, Joint Doctrine for Intelligence Support to Operations and in the forthcoming Joint Pub 2-01.1, Joint Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures for Intelligence Support to Targeting.
11.4.2. Target Development . Intelligence must be readily accessible, timely, accurate and sufficiently detailed to support an array of DoD IO requirements, to include, research, development and acquisition and operational support. Detailed intelligence on the information systems and the IO doctrine likely to be employed by a wide range of adversaries must be provided. Essential Elements of Information (EEIs) which support the prosecution of an IW strategy against individual targets and as part of an overall campaign must be documented. Targeteers must work closely with the collection management community to develop and modify EEIs for IW. The following sample IW EEI's (figure 11.1) were developed in the Directorate of Research, Air Command and Staff College research paper, "Information Warfare: An Opportunity for Modern Warfare":

Figure 11.1. Sample IW EEIs.

- What is the IW Target description, location, significance?
-- What are its primary/secondary functions?

-- What type of information is used/processed/communicated by the target? How is this information received/stored/cataloged/transmitted/destroyed?

- What physical attributes does the IW target possess?

-- Number of structures (physical description and locations of each)

-- Layout of each structure (size, entry/exit points, room locations)

-- Construction and key components (materials, types of equipment)

-- Functional organization in each area (command, operations, maintenance, communications)

- What communications does the IW target use?

-- Type and parameters (telephone, TV, terrestrial radio, satellite, fiber, modulation type, waveform, frequency(s) and power)
--- Country of origin, year manufactured, model, frequencies

--- Methods and procedures for securing communications

--- System manning and operating procedures

--- Number of each type of device and location

--- Signal allocation, controlling authority

--- Radio/TV broadcast and newspaper (controlling agency, locations, operating procedures, political affiliation, etc.)

--- Visual signs used (flags, panels, lights)

--- Noise signals used (klaxons, sirens)

--- With whom does the target normally communicate?

--- Associated support facilities/equipment and their locations

--- Number and location of personnel

--- Internal and external links

--- Switchboard, relay towers, rerouting centers

--- Type/number/location of antennas, cables, microwaves, local/wide area networks, point-to-point, etc.

- What is the primary and alternate power supply?

-- Type, number, and locations

-- Associated facilities (transformers, relays, etc.)

-- Fuel supply (type, location)

-- Conduits (type, location)

- What on-site security is employed?

-- Physical security (guards, fences, vaults, passive/active detection systems, alarms etc.)
--- Location and type (guard posts, bunkers, trenches, etc.)

--- Physical description

---- Dimensions

---- Lighting (type, location, schedule)

---- Power source and location

---- Frequency/schedule for patrols or security checks

-- Physical security procedures
--- Patrols (type, size, patrol routes, armament)

--- Detection systems (cameras, ground/water/air alarms, electromagnetic, etc.)

--- Barriers and obstacles (type, size, locations)

--- Entry and exit procedures (key, cipher, personnel recognition, code words, etc.)

- What type of communications security and computer security are employed?

-- Type of security (cryptographic, physical access, hard wire, brevity codes, "sneaker" net)

-- Operating procedures

-- Cryptologic change schedule

-- Computer security

--- Type of security (physical, password, software monitoring)

--- Operating procedures IO are conducted across the full range of military operations. The focus of IO is on decisionmaking and information-dependent systems, including weapons, infrastructure, command and control, computer and associated network systems. Developing an IW targeting strategy requires detailed intelligence and thorough analysis and planning to determine the best targets to achieve desired effects efficiently and effectively. Critical elements must be developed for information attack targets. Many target sets need to be reevaluated in light of the "information age" which has automated many functions of modern day facilities. Target system category classifications must be updated to facilitate analysis of IW considerations. DIA may need to update "Critical Elements of Selected Generic Installations" (DDB-2800-2-83 Chg 8, Aug 94) to identify critical information elements and information attack options. This document currently identifies the critical elements of selected generic or typical installations appropriate for attack by air-delivered conventional weapons and unconventional warfare (UW) operations; installations are identified by the category codes of the DIA "Standard Coding Systems Functional Classification Handbook" (DIAM 65-3-1, Jul 95). Each listing begins with a brief general description of the installation summarizing its function and physical characteristics, followed by a table identifying the critical elements and an estimated recuperation time for each critical element. A few examples identifying information "critical elements" are taken from a paper on notional critical target sets (figure 11.2) by Dr. Dan Kuehl from National Defense University, School of Information Warfare, titled "Target Sets for Strategic Information Warfare in an Era of Comprehensive Situational Awareness" and an Air University publication by Maj Steven M. Rinaldi, "Beyond the Industrial Web, Economic Synergies and Targeting Methodologies."

Figure 11.2. Notional Critical Target Sets -- Strategic Information Warfare.


- Energy and power sources (both electric and POL)
-- Production centers

-- Transformer stations

-- Distribution nodes

-- Control centers for POL production and refining

-- Pumping stations

-- Backup systems

-- Example: Use intrusive IW to seize control of the computer-controlled valve network in a major POL refinery and shut down the flow of both unfinished and refined POL products. This would require physical repairs such as valve replacement to offset the effects of the attack, and the plant would remain hostage to a destructive attack using precision weaponry. This action would have impact ranging from military effects (interdicting the supply of refined POL products) through economic and social effects. Maj Rinaldi states "pipeline controls are electromechanical (relays) or solid state. The control network ties together all the elements of the pipeline system. Pipelines rely upon computerized supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system for control and management functions. SCADA systems are used to control all operations and transmit information between dispatch control centers and remote terminal units at pipeline facilities. Manual work arounds to loss of SCADA, electromechanical controls might be extremely difficult to carry out."

- Information infrastructure

-- Telecommunications (radio & TV); public and secure switches

-- Radio relay facilities

-- Telephone exchanges

-- Fiber optic networks, nodes, and repeater stations

-- Microwave transmission networks and nodes

-- SATCOM links

-- Computer and data processing centers

-- National C3I centers

-- Example: use intrusive IW to override SATCOM dish controls and cause the dish to realign itself to a useless/unusable orientation. This would prevent our adversary from using its SATCOM capability without requiring US forces to engage in destructive actions.


- Internal state police and control forces
-- Headquarters for internal control agencies ("secret police")

-- Intelligence collection systems (i.e. SIGINT intercept)

-- Databases supporting internal control systems

-- Example: Alter/destroy via intrusive IW the enemy's computerized database of suspected internal subversive elements. Follow up this action with an intensive PSYOPS effort aimed at dissident elements in the population; this could seriously undermine a totalitarian stateís control over segments of its population, possibly threatening unrest or revolt.

- Financial centers and networks

-- Institutions (banks, trading centers, etc.)

-- Currency controls and depositories

-- Databases for financial management

-- Example: Electronically impose a UN-mandated quarantine of a rogue state’s financial reserves; could prevent arms purchases or the leader from looting the national treasury and fleeing. Many organizations are developing decision aiding software applications that have the ability to produce, as a final outcome, an installation (target) list. Examples include National Air Intelligence Centerís Interactive Country Studies and Links and Nodes Telecommunications Databases; Air Force Information Warfare Center's SENSOR HARVEST; NSA's Adversary; and some Joint Warfare Analysis Centerís products. The final products of these various applications must be able to interface with the targeting community's Rapid Application of Air Power (RAAP), the USAF standard targeting application and the joint standard Air Tasking Order targeting application within the JFACC environment. RAAP is the interface between targeting planners and the Advanced Planning System (APS) in CTAPS. This incorporation would enhance information operations supporting C2W/IW target system analysis and target list development. Automated target system analysis capabilities must be easily accessible by targeting personnel.

11.4.3. Weaponeering . Methodologies are needed to quantify the expected results from non lethal weapons for IW attacks on specific types of targets, similar to JMEMs, which provides kill mechanisms (blast, penetration, crater, fire), vulnerability data and damage criteria information for conventional weapons. Candidate IW employment concepts include the following: (Research paper; "Information Warfare: An Opportunity For Modern Warfare")

Each of the potential effects listed above have both desirable and undesirable attributes. While developing an IW strategy to employ these concepts, the planner must consider the potential impact of these attributes on achieving the overall objective. These attributes include:

11.4.4. Force Application . Targeteers will need to become versed in lethal and non lethal methods of attack available under IW, in addition to the more familiar conventional modes usually used. The varied methods of attack and weapons will require strict deconfliction between planning and operations personnel. Targeting staffs which will be generating the ATO/ITO will need to be responsible for integrating the IW campaign effort (Table 11.1.). HQ staff must push for appropriate levels of participation commensurate with this responsibility.

Table 11.1. Disabling Technologies and Kill Mechanisms.

Combustion Chemistry Shut off/overspeed engine
Contaminate fuel
Polymer chemistry agents Damage vital components (e.g., Air filters)
Polymerize fuel system
Depolymerize plastics and electrical components
Runway and roadway slippery/stick
Damage power grid (colloidal dust)
Antimateriel biological agents Thicken fuels
Dissolve electronics, plastics, solder, and other substances
Superagents, acids, oxiders, and dissolving agents Damage tires
Disable mines
Blind optical ports/sensors
Computer viruses or worms Subvert communications, radar, satellite and computer signals control operations
Electro-magnetic pulse (EMP) Damage communication systems
Explode ammo dumps
Blinding lasers Blind optics, dazzle operators, overload tracking and targeting sensors
Neural inhibitors Short circuit human synoptic pathways
Calmative agents Tranquilize personnel
Infrasound Sound projection to disorient, sicken, or frighten people from designated areas
Holographs PSYOPS to convince adversaries to act in desired manner

Figure 11.3. USCENTAF IW Cell.

11.4.5. Execution Planning . The existing ATO process used to provide mission targeting data is tied to a 24- hour cycle of air combat operations. Incorporating IW techniques into an Integrated Tasking Order (ITO) may require significant evolution of the process. Potential IW weapon systems may be able to attack numerous targets within compressed time frames. In addition, generating additional information attacks from a particular weapon will not be tied to sortie turn rates and aircraft maintenance capacities. An ITO process must be developed which will be able to fully exploit IW capabilities as they become available. As IW capabilities are developed, the acquisition/ engineering team should work with targeting personnel to ensure timelines for attack planning, generation, and re-generation are known. These timelines should be taken into account and drive modifications to the existing ATO process as necessary. Execution planning for IW will require target materials tailored to application of unique weapons systems. Existing BTGs and other materials will not suffice for direct information attack techniques. Tools which aid selection of IW DMPI equivalents will be different from the standard imagery and chart based target folders used today, and the requirement for a new line of IW target materials needs to be considered. The particular requirements for mission planning and execution will need to be taken into account in order to develop a product formatted to suit the needs of the customer. One method of providing the vast amounts of data necessary for executing IW attacks could be through "virtual" target folders. The particular information needed could be accessed through an on-line or electronic product without deluging the operational planner with a huge hard copy inventory.

11.4.6. Combat Assessment . The value of any targeting strategy is lost without an effective assessment process. The AF must explore development of ways to measure non lethal battle damage to allow for proper BDA. Planners must be able to provide probable effects of any given action to maximize the effectiveness of the IW strategy being developed, linking anticipated effects to desired objectives. Using these probable effects, planners can then identify potential indicators that something has occurred as a result of our actions and develop an IW assessment plan to task collection assets. Finally, analysts would conduct an IW reattack recommendation to evaluate the results of IW actions taken. Current imagery based BDA methodology will not suffice for IW - there may be no "smoking holes." The academic community should be tapped for technical research in this arena. The Defense Intelligence Agency is responsible in DoDD S-3600.1 "to provide the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Combatant Commands with the timely intelligence required for effective IW post-strike analysis."