Subject: IW Mailing List iw/960129
Date: Sun, 28 Jan 96 19:58:22 EST

List of interesting IW sites for the information warrior:

Nat'l Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST)

NIST Computer Systems Lab
   (related private sector site

NIST NII Virtual Library

Nat'l Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA)

Dept. of Commerce (DOC)

Dept. of the Treasury

Dept. of Justice (DOJ)

Dept. of Energy (DOE)

DOE Advanced Computing Lab

Nat'l Information Infrastructure Task Force

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

US Government Printing Office (GPO)

US General Service Administration (GSA)

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)

National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA)


Office of the Secretary of Defense

Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Information Management

Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA)

Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition & Technology

Dept. of Defense Acquisition Workforce

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

Defense Center for Standards in the Joint Interoperability & Engineering
   (related commercial site

Defense Global Command & Control System

Defense Joint Warrior Interoperability Demonstration

Defense National Communications System

Defense Mapping Agency

Defense Information Analysis Centers

Defense Technical Information Center & Acquisition Information

Defense TechTRANSIT

Defense Joint Command, Control, Communications, Computers, & Intelligence

Assistant Secretary of Defense for Command, Control, Communications, &
Intelligence (C3I)

Director of Defense Research & Engineering

Defense Scientific & Technical Information Network


US Air Force

Air Force Command, Control, Communications, Computers, & Intelligence (C4I)

Air Force Electronic Systems Center

Air Force Rome Lab

Air Force ACC Computer Systems Squadron Network Technical Assistance Center

Air Force 38th E&I Wing

Air Force Software Technology Support Center

Air Force Standard Systems Group

Air Force Air Intelligence Agency


US Army

Army Director of Information Systems for Command, Control, Communications, &
Computers (C4)

Army Simulation, Training, & Instrumentation Command
Army ODISC4 Information Mission Area Integration & Analysis Center

Army Signal Center

Army Communications-Electronics Command

Army Information Systems Engineering Command

Army Information Systems Management Activity

Army Military Intelligence Center

Army Special Operations Command

Army Force XXI InfoNet Home Page

Army Research Lab


US Coast Guard


US Marine Corps


US Navy

Naval Research Lab (NRL)

Navy Advanced Information Technology Branch of the NRL

Naval Command, Control, & Ocean Surveillance Center

Navy Space & Naval Warfare

Naval Postgraduate School

Navy Copernicus


National Security Agency/Central Security Service


Central Intelligence Agency & Intelligence Community


North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)

NATO Command & Control Information System

NATO SHAPE Technical Center
Date: Sun, 28 Jan 96 22:12:22 +0600
Subject: Re: IW Mailing List iw/960127

With regards to Information as an elemental component of physical reality. 

>There are few proponents yet of the third view of information, but if/as
>it takes hold, it may help to draw some new implications that will
>broaden the meaning of "information warfare" even further (if the term

The book "The Evolution of Information Processing Systems" by
Haefner(ed) Springer Verlag, 1992 looks at the evolution of information
and its processing in nature and society.  16 Physicists, biologists and
Informaticien look exactly at that question.  They investigated how
information from the Matter-Energy processes at the physical level gets
to emerge into information to be processed at the biological level, and
then again finaly at the sociotechnical level. 

The end result is that we still have not found a General Information
Theory (GIT).  However, it does help to clarify the syntactical,
semantic and pragmatic aspects of information.  And this can be applied
to IW.  BTW that triumvira (synatx, semantics and pragmatics) is also
called Semiotics, a subject that we have yet to broach here with regards
to IW. 

IMHO, one of the reason is that the instrument for discoving the GIT,
the computer, is only 40 years old.  Which makes the present occurence
such a discovery slim.  Furthermore, the computer is both the subject
and the tool of the investigation, which makes things a bit recursive. 
Let's not forget that astronomy took off with the telescope, and biology
took off with the miscroscope.  As much as we would like to believe we
understand what is information theory, presently we are only but
"alchimists" looking for the elusive "pierre philosophale". 

One could see, if energy, mass, and information are the only elemental
components of physical reality, then the equation E=MCC is incomplete
because the variable I (for information) is included in both M and E.  f
we could separate it out and have E=I*MCC. An action on the information
variable would effect the variables E and M.  So how do we measure "I"
with regards to E and M? How do we control it? What is the DNA of mother
nature? anyone?

[Moderator's Note: Don't we mean (ExI)=(MxI)(CxI)(CxI)? To assume that I
is a multiplicative process or that the dimensions of I don't apply to E
as well as M and C is perhaps a bit naive.  Also note that some effort
has been done on "a physics of information" and one of the most
important results so far is that information (as a stand-alone quantity)
is not conserved. It is widely admitted that it takes energy to change
information, but information content (in the Shannon sense) can either
be increased or decreased with the same amount of energy.  Thus, it would
seem that information is a different dimension than energy.]

In truth, War would be very different under these conditions. 

(But then again isn't this the basis for the transporter and the