Russian Federation Military Policy in the Area of International Information Security: Regional Aspect

According to estimates by NATO experts, the most advanced world countries will be capable, as early as 2007 - 2010, of waging full-scale wars in the information sphere. Their main objectives will be to disorganize (disrupt) the functioning of the key enemy military, industrial and administrative facilities and systems, as well as to bring information-psychological pressure to bear on the adversary's military-political leadership, troops and population, something to be achieved primarily through the use of state-of-the-art information technologies and assets. Already now the U. S. is in possession of a ramified system aimed at preparing and pursuing psychological and technical information operations.1

The emerging situation cannot help being a matter of concern for the world community. Specifically, industrially advanced nations are introducing restrictions on the use of imported computer technologies that are suspected of possessing "undeclared capacities." National systems of political and regulatory legal documents concerned with information security are improved, and relevant bodies and systems are established. Among others, these steps have been undertaken by France, Germany, UK, China and Russia. But the threat of a large-scale information war is a trans-border and essentially global problem, and it is unrealistic to try to solve it within the framework of national security systems. Some international organizations have joined the effort.

In 1998, the Russian Federation suggested to the United Nations that it was necessary to consolidate the world community's efforts in order to ensure international information security. Since then the General Assembly annually passes the resolution "Developments in the Field of Information and Telecommunications in the Context of International Security." This fact reaffirms the importance of assuring international information security and the UN readiness to study and solve the problem. But progress in this matter is extremely slow on account of counterproductive attitudes displayed by the United States. For example, this


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