Information warfare further enshrines the subordinate concept of information dominance. In order to exploit the information environment advantageously, dominance in the information sector must be attained. Opposition forces' information resources must be suppressed while those of friendly assets protected, enabling information attack operations in the new "digitized battlefield" of the 21st century envisioned by Pentagon warplanners.

Establishment of a Battlefield Information Task Force to create and use joint battlespace modeling and simulation technologies for training exercises.

The support by the US SECDEF of immediate funding increases for defensive IW, emphasizing protection of critical services and the establishment of special Red Teams to evaluate IW readiness and vulnerabilities.

While information mastery is key to success in digitized battlespace, information warfare also translates into real-world systems. Key enablers for an information-based combat environment are space-based sensor arrays. Such systems drive technological R&D behind DOD-ARPA's WARBREAKER program,3 focusing on ACTDs in support of an integrated, end-to-end battle management system to enable worldwide, accurate, synchronized prosecution of time critical targets (TCTs) such as tactical ballistic missile (TBM) launchers (otherwise known as TELs, "sperm whales" or "hasholas" for Russian speakers) which proved so vexing to the "Scud Hunters" of Operation Desert Storm.

5 This will be included in the FY 97 budget request and in future requests.