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Title Microsoft, Al-Jazeera, and the Predator: The Challenge of Effects-Based Operations in the Global War on Terrorism
Published Ft. Belvoir Defense Technical Information Center DEC 2005
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Description 34 pages
Summary A complex and interdependent environment in the global war on terrorism (GWOT) highlights the challenge of translating the theory of effects-based operations (EBO) into practice, particularly with respect to influencing the will of the people and achieving a desired end state. The following paper seeks to illustrate the conditions and challenges surrounding the translation of current effects-based theory into operational practice in the GWOT by using three conceptual constructs. First, the Microsoft Corporation, its connectivity to the Internet, and the persistent attacks by computer hackers on Microsoft products help frame the adversary and the complex environment and conditions surrounding the GWOT. Second, the Al-Jazeera satellite news network serves as an anecdotal backdrop for the challenges Military planners face in managing EBO assessment and controlling the "effects" in EBO. Third, the versatility of both the MQ-1B Predator unmanned aerial vehicle and Special Operations Forces illustrates the importance of developing and maintaining collective knowledge, technological relevance, and doctrinal adaptability in an ever-changing GWOT environment. Military planners who follow an effects-based strategy should recognize EBO's inherent limitations and plan for its characteristic uncertainty and uncontrollability. In the end, the ability to manage the constructive and destructive strategic effects required to achieve a desired end state as complex as that found in the GWOT requires a holistic perspective that is, at its heart, more art than science
Analysis EBO(EFFECTS-BASED OPERATIONS)
GWOT(GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM)
AL JAZEERA SATELLITE NETWORK
ARABIC NEWS NETWORKS
CAUSE AND EFFECT ANALYSIS
CHAOS THEORY
COMPUTER HACKERS
CULTURAL SENSITIVITY
MICROSOFT CORPORATION
MIRC(MICROSOFT INTERNET RELAY CHAT)
MQ-1B AIRCRAFT
NETWORK CENTRIC WARFARE
NEWS REPORTING
PRECISION-GUIDED MUNITIONS
SYSTEMS THEORY
TARGET-EFFECT PAIRINGS
UAV(UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLES)
Notes Wright Flying Paper No. 21
Subject Air power.
Counterterrorism.
Cyberterrorism.
Drones.
Information warfare.
Pilotless Aircraft.
Systems approach.
Adaptation.
Afghanistan.
Cable television.
Cellular communications.
Computer Systems.
Data fusion.
Information Science.
Internet.
Iraq.
Psychological warfare.
Public opinion.
Radio Communications.
Satellite communications.
Situational awareness.
Smart weapons.
Special operations forces.
Threats.
Uncertainty.
Unconventional Warfare.
Form Electronic book
Author Kumashiro, David J
AIR COMMAND AND STAFF COLL MAXWELL AFB AL