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Master of Science

First Advisor

Rodney P. Rice, PhD


The information revolution is sweeping through the mIlitary. At the same time, the Air Force has not fully addressed legal requirements to develop an agency-wide framework for managing information resources. This lack of foundation creates a void for Air Force information resources management practitioners. Since the Department of Defense and the Air Force are engaged in doctrinal revolution, the opportunity exists to consider developing Information Doctrine.This thesis explores the definition and role of doctrine in the Air Force, the doctrine development process, and practical examples of doctrine's use in the Air Force and Department of Defense. It also examines the Air Force information environment to determine the definition and role of information resources. By analyzing the applicability of doctrine to the Air Force information environment, this thesis proposes a concept for Air Force Information Doctrine. Similar to other resource doctrine, Information Doctrine could include a description of Information Processes, Principles and Functions; Information Planning Considerations and Support Requirements; and Information Training and Personnel. A well-marketed Information Doctrine could be a significant factor in developing strategic plans and policies involving Air Force Information Resources.

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Presented to the Faculty of the Graduate School of Logistics and Acquisition Management of the Air Force Institute of Technology