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Securing the U.S. Defense Information Infrastructure: A Proposed Approach

Anderson, R. H., Feldman, P. M., Gerwehr, S., Houghton, B., Mesic, R.

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ISBN 10: 0833027131 / ISBN 13: 9780833027139
Published by RAND Corporation, 1999
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Title: Securing the U.S. Defense Information ...

Publisher: RAND Corporation

Publication Date: 1999

Book Condition:Good

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It is widely believed, and increasingly documented, that the United States is vulnerable to various types of information warfare attacks. Threats range from nuisance attacks by hackers to those potentially putting national security at risk. The latter might include attacks on essential U.S. information systems in a major regional crisis or theater war. The purpose might be to deter (or coerce) a U.S. intervention, to degrade U.S. power projection capabilities, to punish the United States or its allies, or to undermine the support of the American public for the conflict.

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This report addresses the survivability and assured availability of essentialU.S. information infrastructures, especially when they areunder various forms of "information warfare" attack. To the best ofour knowledge, the term "minimum essential information infrastructure"(MEII) was coined by one of the authors (Mesic) as part of theplanning for a series of "Day After . . . in Cyberspace" informationwarfare exercises conducted from 1995 to the present under the directionof our RAND colleague Roger Molander. The idea is thatsome information infrastructures are so essential that they should begiven special attention, perhaps in the form of special hardening, redundancy,rapid recovery, or other protection or recovery mechanisms.Players in the "Day After . . ." exercises were intrigued by the MEIIconcept but asked: Is this concept feasible? Is it practical? For whatportions of the Department of Defense and U.S. infrastructure is theconcept relevant? What would such infrastructures look like? Howeffective or useful would they be? This report documents the findingsof the first year of a study of the MEII concept, attempting toformulate some initial answers to these questions-or, if these arenot the right questions, to ask and answer better ones. This reportshould be of interest to persons responsible for assuring the reliabilityand availability of essential information systems throughout theU.S. defense establishment, the U.S. critical infrastructure, and otherorganizations. Its findings and recommendations are relevant at allorganizational levels, from small units to major commands.This study is sponsored by the National Security Agency, the DefenseAdvanced Research Projects Agency, and the Office of the AssistantSecretary of Defense (Command, Control, Communications, andIntelligence). It is being conducted in the Acquisition and TechnologyPolicy Center of RAND's National Defense Research Institute, afederally funded research and development center (FFRDC) sponsoredby the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Joint Staff, theunified commands, and the defense agencies. Please direct anycomments on this report to the project leader,Robert H. Anderson(310) 393-0411 x7597Robert_Anderson@rand.orgor to the director of the Acquisition and Technology Policy Center,Eugene C. Gritton(310) 393-0411 x7010Gene_Gritton@rand.org

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