Enhancing Information Warfare Education Through the Use of Virtual and Isolated Networks

ABSTRACT

The Information Analysis and Research (IWAR) laboratory at the United States Military Academy (USMA) has proven to be an exceptional and necessary resource for educating our cadets and faculty studying information warfare. The laboratory has also been successful in motivating the need for continued education and training in this area on a much larger scope that touches the highest levels of our military and government. This paper justifies why information warfare laboratories are necessary, explains the laboratories design and organization, and describes the phenomenon that is occurring as a result of the IWAR laboratory.


AUTHORS

Director, Information Technology and Operations Center, United States Military Academy, West Point, New York

Lt. Colonel Daniel Ragsdale, Ph.D., has served for over twenty-two years as an officer in the US Army. During this time he served in a variety of important operational, and research and development assignments. Currently he is an Associate Professor and Director of the Information Technology and Operations Center (ITOC) at the US Military Academy. His current research focuses on information security, Information Assurance (IA), and Information Warfare. He is a frequent speaker and panelist at national and international IA conferences and he has published dozens of papers and articles on IA topics.

Assistant Professor and Senior Research Scientist Information Technology and Operations Center (ITOC), United States Military Academy, West Point, New York

Major Scott Lathrop was commissioned as an Armor officer in 1990 and is now serving as a Systems Automation officer in the US Army. His current assignment is Assistant Professor and Senior Research Scientist in the Information Technology and Operations Center (ITOC) at the United States Military Academy. Major Lathrop was the primary architect for the IWAR/VIAN Laboratory during the period in which this lab gained international notoriety. Without his dedicated efforts the VIAN concept, as it is described in this article, would not have been realized. Major Lathrop's research interests include: information assurance and cyberwarfare.

Deputy Director, Information Technology and Operations Center, United States Military Academy, West Point, New York

Major Ronald C. Dodge, Jr. is an Aviation officer in the US Army and is a member of the Army Acquisition Corps. His current assignment is Assistant Professor and Deputy Director of the Information Technology and Operations Center (ITOC) at the U.S. Military Academy. Throughout his service a the Military Academy he has been a forceful proponent of student-centered learning. His innovative research and teaching in Information Assurance and Cybersecurity have brought him national recognition.

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