This Directive reissues reference ( a ) to update IO and Information Warfare (IW) policy, definition, and responsibilities within the Department of Defense.
The Department of Defense must be prepared for missions from peace to war to include military operations other than war (MOOTW) , such as peace -keeping and humanitarian operations, opposed by a wide range of adversaries including State and non – State actors. To meet this challenge, DoD activities shall be organized, trained, equipped, and supported to plan and execute IO . The goal of IO is to secure peacetime national security objectives , deter conflict, protect DoD information and information systems, and to shape the information environment. If deterrence fails, I seek to achieve U.S. information superiority to attain specific objectives against potential adversaries in time of crisis and / or conflict. The goal of IO is co promote freedom of action for U.S. forces while hindering adversary efforts.