Title: Third World Computer Systems: A Threat to the Security of the United States?
Subject: Information Warfare
Author(s): Al G. Keeler; Mark L DeVirgilio (Faculty Advisor)
DTIC Keywords: COMBAT INFORMATION CENTERS, INFORMATION SYSTEMS, WARFARE
The United States has historically maintained a technological edge over its
adversaries, used that edge to deter and, if necessary, defeat those adversaries
in battle. The question to be examined in this research project is as follows.
Have potential third world adversaries acquired advanced computer system
capabilities that threaten the security of the United States?
The method employed is to first research trends in global computer system availability to include export policy, trade agreements, and the changing strategic environment. Next, I examine a representative group of Third World countries to assess their capabilities and examine the vulnerabilities of the US as it pursues its interests. Finally, I present proposed solutions to the threat based upon the writings of military and civilian experts in the field of information warfare.