Qualifying the Information Sphere as a Domain

Abstract

Neither the U.S. Department of Defense nor NATO has an official definition of a domain, nor a set of criteria for what constitutes a domain. The authors propose a definition of a domain, define what constitutes a domain, posit how new domains are created over time, and describe six features or criteria for how to qualify what is and is not a domain. These definitions lead to our proposal that the ‘Information Sphere’ (which includes cyberspace) qualifies as a new domain, with features both similar to and different from the four existing physical domains.


AUTHORS

Applied Information Sciences Department Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

Patrick D. Allen (Col.,USAR, Ret.) is an Information Operations Specialist at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab, and an international consultant for the United Kingdom, Canada, and Sweden. He has designed and developed numerous real-world decision support tools and strategic technology plans for various US Military Commands, US Department of Defense, DARPA, and the Intelligence Community. He is widely published in the fields of Information Operations, including Information Operations Planning (Artech House 2007).

Cyberspace and Information Operations Booz Allen Hamilton

Dennis P. Gilbert, Jr. (Lt Col, USAF, Ret.) is a Cyberspace Strategist and an Information Operations (IO) Practitioner with Booz Allen Hamilton. He has held key leadership positions in numerous national priority programs involving satellite communications, space control, IO, and electronic warfare. He serves as a trusted advisor to organizations within the DoD and IC, providing innovative thinking, policy analysis, and creative solutions.

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C2
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