Information Operations and Electronic Warfare

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Ad hoc and sensor network applications are already employed for tactical systems such as friendly force tracking, unattended sensor networks, local area communications, maritime and land surveillance/reconnaissance. Tactical communications is naturally an ad hoc networking application. Concepts like network-centric warfare make ad hoc networking capabilities more and more important for the military. Therefore, the tendency is to increase the usage of these technologies in defense systems, which are targets for information operations. In addition to this, due to the effect-based operations approach and other state-of-the-art concepts, civilian systems that connect important nodes in national infrastructures and that are used in critical infrastructures are primary targets for adversaries in a war. Moreover, due to asymmetric warfare and low-intensity conflicts, the threats against information systems exist during crises and peace periods (Hammes, ...

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