From defending U.S. interests abroad, to deterring nuclear attacks against the homeland, the 2018 National Defense Strategy asserts that information superiority is key to the U.S. military’s ability to prepare for and win in war. But in this modern era, when thousands of communications satellites circle the globe and even non-state adversaries can obtain cutting-edge weapons and technology, information has grown easier than ever to obtain.
What differentiates information superiority from information mediocrity lies increasingly in the transmission speed and quality of data, rather than the data itself. Those who attain superior information—and act on it the fastest—will win. Those who lack it, or who lack the ability to transmit it faster than their adversaries, will lose.
How can the U.S. military ensure the information superiority necessary to achieve overmatch against the nation’s adversaries? Exploring the critical challenges to achieving information superiority will help defense leaders better address this important question.