DVIDS – News – Joint Warfighting Assessment 21 experiments with ways to give the military an information advantage over adversaries



By SPC. Joshua Oller
28th Public Affairs Detachment

As Army Futures Command continues to push the military towards multi-domain operations and the convergence of battlefield effects, one of the important effects experienced and assessed in the Joint War 21 Assessment is the information advantage.

During JWA 21, the military is experimenting with possible future information advantage training that would use its capabilities to enable decision-making, protect military information, inform and educate the national public, inform and influence the international public and carry out information attacks on our adversaries.

Much of information operations take place below the level of outright warfare, said Col. Matthew Sheiffer, commander of 1st Information Operations Command. Sheiffer and 1st IO Command led the effort during JWA 21 to assess possible future training dedicated to the Information Advantage. JWA 21, which will take place June 14-24, has members of Joint and Multinational Services in Hawaii, Colorado and Washington focused on future force development and interoperability with our multinational partners.

“Adversary information warfare… has been involved in a long history over the past decade of attacks on US interests, but attacks below the armed breach threshold,” he said. Sheiffer said. “Whether it’s cyber, espionage or intelligence, it’s hard to know where these attacks are coming from.

The vision for future information advantage training is that such training could help negate the adversary’s military objectives by affecting attitudes, motivations and perceptions, and improve a commander’s ability to sense, understand and act faster and more effectively than an adversary.

“When it comes to information and its use by the association [U.S. military] strength … the sheer amount of abilities is immense; one of the great things we’ve been able to do in Joint Warfighting Assessment 21 is replicate the complexity of competition and then see how more and more complex it gets when you get into a crisis.

The primary goal of the JWA 21 Information Advantage team is to experiment and discover the right mix of capabilities to support the combat commander.

“It is an honor for 1st IO Command to lead the development of emerging doctrine through this Joint Warfare Assessment and to assist the military in detecting, understanding, deciding and evaluating the human and informational dimensions of the operating environment, ”Sheiffer said.

Date taken: 06/14/2021
Date posted: 06/21/2021 5:26 PM
Story ID: 399377
Location: Hello, United States

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