Navy Information Warfare Needs More Resources

The Navy is adjusting to the return to great power competition but has not gone far enough culturally in shifting its priorities and budget to win the competition. In many ways, a mind-set that prioritizes hardware over software pervades. Twenty years ago, then-Captain James Stavridis warned that while the nation and its defense industry were preoccupied with the first revolution in military affairs, peer competitors would leapfrog over and “skim the cream” from our technological advances to achieve “regional information dominance.” 1 From China contesting international norms at sea to Russia using information operations to help seize Ukrainian territory and vessels, this prediction has come to pass. Great power competition today involves a constant state of multi-domain warfare.

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