Program Objectives

Information Operations (IO) represents a key instrument of current and anticipated national security policy. IO provides a means of supporting, through information and education, allies and political elements abroad who share US interests in many parts of the world. IO also provides a means of deterring and prevailing against state and nonstate adversaries and other competitors seeking to undermine US security interests, ideals, and quality of life.

This instrument offers a wide range of digital and human influence capabilities. It ensures that the US is more able to safeguard its information infrastructure to make and implement policy, to be able to deter, and if necessary to use its information capabilities to prevail against attempts by others to weaken, manipulate or cripple US information programs, and to counter the deception and influence capabilities of competitors. IO also can be used help prevent conflict and to influence the outcomes of political and military conflict.

The DMGS program is designed to equip students with the necessary knowledge, concepts and theories to understand the critical role that IO plays in supporting and enhancing US national security policy. That role is now recognized as nationally important in the DoD’s Joint Publication 3-13, which has been used to educate and deploy increasing number of IO specialists. (Other agencies have not yet publically identified their IO doctrine and/or related major practices.)

The DMGS program will focus on the strategic aims, skill sets, and historical and innovative techniques coming online that will continue to provide opportunities to conduct IO. It will also consider evolving US institutional arrangements and authorities some of which create tensions between IO and the principles of liberal democracy, and procedures to mitigate this friction.

Graduates of the degree program will be able to:

  • Articulate the key fundamentals of IO as a tool of government policy.
  • Illustrate current missions and techniques, including a more integrated “whole of government” approach to IO.
  • Identify the role that the private sector and civil society now plays in IO and consider the advantages and risks of a broader “whole of society” approach to IO.
  • Differentiate the fundamental legal and ethical issues associated with government employment of IO to enhance US security and gain adversarial advantage.

Program Chair

Kevin McCarty is the Information Operations Program Chair at the Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security. Kevin McCarty served under Presidents Obama and Bush at the National Security Council Staff as the Director for Global Outreach, where he was responsible for the coordination across government of what was known as the “War of Ideas” to counter terrorism. Prior to that he served at the Central Intelligence Agency and as an E-2C Naval Flight Officer. His service in the Navy consisted of many carrier and detached deployments around the world supporting many missions including no-fly zones, contingency, multi-national exercises and counter-drug operations. He served as a squadron Commanding Officer, a Joint Service Officer and is a TOPGUN graduate. More

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