Information Operations in the Australian Defence Force

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I gave this presentation at the IQPC IO Europe Conference (Malvern, UK) in June 2004. The presentation covers both the reception and incorporation of IO by the Australian Defence Force, and an overview of the operational employment of IO by the ADF in operations up to mid 2004 (Bouganville, East Timor, Afghanistan, Iraq and the Solomon Islands).

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Information Operations in the Australian Defence Force

  1. 1. Information Operations in the Australian Defence Force Captain Jeff Malone Deputy Director Military Strategy - Support Strategic Policy Division Australian Department of Defence Presentation to IQPC IO Europe 2004 Conference Nelson Technology Centre, Malvern 24 June 2004
  2. 2. Caveat• This presentation is UNCLASSIFIED and has been cleared for public release.• This presentation reflects the personal views of the author, and does not necessarily reflect the views of the Australian Department of Defence or any other organisation.
  3. 3. Scope• Evolution of IO in the ADF• ADF Approach to IO• Operational Employment of IO by the ADF• Current and Future IO Issues for the ADF
  4. 4. Evolution of IO in the ADF• ‘Pre-History’ of IO (1991 to 1995)• Early Developments (1996 to 2000)• Maturing of IO (2000 to present)
  5. 5. ‘Pre-History’ of IO (1991 - 1995)• Operational Lessons - 1991-1995• Influence of MOP 30 - C2W - 1993• ADF Future C2 Conference - 1994• ADF C2W Study - 1995
  6. 6. Early Developments (1996 - 2000) • DSTO Project TAKARI - 1996-2000 • ISC Branch Concept Papers - 1997-1999 • ‘Knowledge Edge’ concept - 1997 • Draft IO doctrine - late 1998
  7. 7. Maturing of IO (2000 - present)• ‘Information Capability’ recognised in White Paper - late 2000• ADF IO Doctrine - early 2002• IO-related future concepts - 2002 - present
  8. 8. ADF Approach to IODefinition:‘The coordination of information effects toinfluence the decision making and actions of atarget audience and to protect and enhance ourdecision making and actions in support ofnational interests.’
  9. 9. ADF Approach to IO IO Offensive Defensive Related IO IO Activities Public Affairs Civil Affairs OPSEC PSYOPSCounter-PSYOPS DeceptionCounter-Deception EW CNO Destruction IA Protective Security CI Military Networking
  10. 10. Shaping & InfluencingDefinition:‘The coordination of information effectsutilising elements of national power to mouldthe perceptions and behaviour of a targetaudience, in support of Governmentobjectives.’
  11. 11. ADF Operational Employment of IO • Bougainville (OP BELISI/BELISI II) • East Timor (OP STABILISE) • Afghanistan (OP SLIPPER) • Iraq (OP FALCONER/CATALYST) • Solomon Islands (OP ANODE)
  12. 12. Bougainville
  13. 13. East Timor
  14. 14. Afghanistan and Iraq
  15. 15. Solomon Islands
  16. 16. Current IO Issues• Emerging Warfighting Concepts• Enhanced IO Capabilities• Organising for IO in the ADF
  17. 17. Emerging Warfighting Concepts• Effects-Based Operations• Network Centric Warfare
  18. 18. Enhanced IO Capabilities• DEF 224 - Force Level EW• JP 2068 - Defence Network Operations Centre• JP 2069 - High Grade Cryptographic Equipment• JP 5408 - ADF GPS Enhancement
  19. 19. Organising for IO in the ADF• ADF IO Staffs• RAAF IO Squadron• Joint EW Operational Support Unit• New C2 Arrangements
  20. 20. Conclusion
  21. 21. Caveat• This presentation is UNCLASSIFIED and has been cleared for public release.• This presentation reflects the personal views of the author, and does not necessarily reflect the views of the Australian Department of Defence or any other organisation.
  22. 22. Questions?

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