Reference: USAWC Information Operations Primer

Advanced Cyber/IO, DoD
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Information Operations Primer (USAWC, AY 11, November 2010

This latest revision of the Information Operations Primer provides an overview of Department of Defense (DoD) Information Operations (IO) doctrine and organizations at the joint and individual service levels. The IO Primer begins with an overview of Information Operations, Strategic Communication and Cyberspace Operations. (Note: as the emergent concepts of Strategic Communication and Cyberspace continue to assume increasing importance, the Primer has expanded to include discussion and input of these topics). At each level it describes strategies or doctrine, agencies, organizations, and educational institutions dedicated to the information element of national power. Finally, the document concludes with an IO specific glossary and hyperlinks to information operations, strategic communication and cyberspace operations related websites.

This is a document prepared primarily for use by the staff, faculty, and students of the U.S. Army War College. Wherever possible, internet web sites have been given to provide access to additional and more up-to-date information. The book is intentionally UNCLASSIFIED so that the material can easily be referenced during course work, while engaged in exercises, and later in subsequent assignments.