Determination of what to defend should follow from our nation's vital interests as documented in the current national security strategy. On the basis of these interests, the Task Force postulated the goals shown in Exhibit 4- 1. Given the available time, it was not possible for the Task Force to address each of these goals in detail. However, the Task Force did develop a set of national-level defensive information warfare interests based on these goals.
Vital interests (A National Security Strategy of Engagement and Enlargement,
The White House, February 1996)
-Enhance our security with military forces that are ready to fight and with
-Stable monetary, financial and banking systems which enjoy public
Exhibit 4-1. National Goals For Information Warfare (Defense)
Exhibit 4-2 indicates the national interests that must be defended. The emphasis is on defending critical functions and processes, not on defending forces, platforms, or geography. As was the case in developing an ensured means of control for the strategic nuclear deterrent, some critical information infrastructure capabilities must be isolated from the interconnected national and global information infrastructure to ensure it is available to support and manage the restoration of critical functions.
The strategic nuclear deterrent
Continuity of government
Information warfare indications and warning
Minimum essential information infrastructure to manage and carry out
- Emergency response
Minimum information and systems required to deploy quick reaction
Other critical DoD and national (civil) functions and infrastructures
- Critical DoD functions
- Other critical national functions
- Portions of infrastructures supporting the critical functions
Exhibit 4-2. The National Interests
The Department must preserve its ability to fulfill its basic missions. To do that, DoD must be concerned about the ensured operation the critical functions and availability of information necessary to fulfill those missions. The intertwined nature of the functions and infrastructures make this very complex. Critical national functions that have possible national security implications must be defended, and those portions of the infrastructures that are necessary for the operation of critical DoD and national functions must also be defended.
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