The Five Eyes militaries need to coordinate a consistent approach to combat increased threats in the information environment.

That was the message from the Head of Information Warfare, Major General Marcus Thompson, at the division’s annual forum, iWar 2019, held at Parliament House on October 29.

“We exist within an ever-expanding information environment that makes us incredibly vulnerable to those who want to target us, or do us harm," Major General Thompson said.

“The ADF is building its workforce and the capabilities needed to defend and protect against information warfare threats, which are constantly evolving.

“This event brings together experts and thought leaders from around the world to examine the information environment in detail. This forum allows us to put the challenges on the table and look at how we’re currently responding and what we need to do to prepare for the future information warfare fight.” 

Chief of Joint Capabilities, Air Marshal Warren McDonald, said the ADF needed to be as skilled at non-kinetic (or grey-zone) operations as it is at traditional kinetic warfare.   

“A nation’s military and strategic advantage is enhanced by its ability to successfully manoeuvre through the information environment,” Air Marshal McDonald said.  

The event was attended by members of the ADF, Defence, Australian Government departments, Five Eyes militaries, academia, industry and think-tank organisations.

Major General Thompson’s speech can be read in full at www.defence.gov.au/jcg/Docs/2019-iWar-Forum-Keynote.pdf