#134 Daniel “Plato” Morabito on a Comprehensive Theory of Information Warfare

#134 Daniel “Plato” Morabito on a Comprehensive Theory of Information Warfare

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During this episode, US Air Force LtCol Dan “Plato” Morabito discusses his theory of information warfare. Plato takes what may be considered a first principles approach by defining objectively information, knowledge, and problems with knowing. Then, he assembles a novel taxonomy of information warfare which combines trust, access, and cognition–all of which are required for knowledge creation. After discussing “problems of knowing,” he defines information warfare and a theory for victory.

Research Question: What is the role of the US Government to counter malign influence when the enemy is fighting for a strategic advantage directly with America’s center of gravity, the American people, and can this be accomplished while preserving freedom of expression, freedom of the press, and other democratic principles?


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Guest Bio

Lieutenant Colonel Daniel “Plato” Morabito, commander of the 834th Cyberspace Operations Squadron, 67th Cyberspace Wing, Joint Base San Antonio, Texas, holds a master of science in leadership and information technology from Duquesne University, a master of science in cyberspace operations from the Air Force Institute of Technology, a master of military operational art and science from the USAF Air Command and Staff College, and a master of arts in military operations from the US Army Command and General Staff College.

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