• Military Thought
  • 2003-12-31MTH-No. 004
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INTERNATIONAL INFORMATION SECURITY: MILITARY ASPECTS

Author: S. A. KOMOV, S. V. KOROTKOV, S. N. RODIONOV

Col. S. A. KOMOV, Doctor of Military Sciences

Maj. Gen. S. V. KOROTKOV

Maj. Gen. S. N. RODIONOV

The information security doctrine of the Russian Federation, approved by the RF president on September 9, 2000, gives high priority to international cooperation in the information security sphere as an essential component of political, military, economic, cultural, and other forms of interaction with members of the international community.

Russia deploys a lot of effort to translate this provision into reality. Its policy on international information security (IIS) is marked by great dynamism and consistency in dealing with outstanding problems. A case in point are Russian initiatives at the UN. Thus, at the 53rd session of the UN General Assembly (1998), Russia initiated the adoption of Resolution #53/70, Developments in the Field of Information and Telecommunications in the Context of International Security. Its key point is the official recognition of the fact that information technology can potentially be used for purposes incompatible with the tasks of ensuring international stability and security. The international community has finally recognized the existence of the global problem of international information security. Furthermore, the resolution links the IIS problem, which emerged only recently, with the fundamental problem of limiting the military uses of scientific and technological achievements. The success of Russian diplomacy was built on a number of interrelated, consistent moves. Thus, in 1996, at an international conference, Information Society and Development, in Midrand (RSA), Russia first raised the issue of threats posed by global dissemination of information technology in society. In 1998, a joint RF-U. S. statement on common challenges at the beginning of the 21st century included several references to IIS. Later in the year, the RF Foreign Ministry proposed that the problem of IIS be put on the agenda of the upcoming UN session.

The 54th session of the UN General Assembly adopted new wording of the resolution Developments in the Field of Information and Telecommunications in the Context of International Security (#54/49, December 1, 1999), approving the

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