Cyber terrorism is an emerging new mode of information warfare underscoring the perpetrators' deliberate exploitation of civilian and military systems' inherent vulnerabilities, thereby affecting national and global security. This volume includes contributions made by academics, policymakers, and professionals at seminars and conferences co-sponsored by the International Center for Terrorism Studies (Potomac Institute for Policy Studies), and the Terrorism Studies Center (The George Washington University), during the past several years. It also includes statements by key government officials and industry experts at different forums in the United States dealing with both threats and responses.
This volume examines theoretical and empirical issues relating to cyberconflict and its implications for global security and politics.
Taking a multidimensional approach to current debates in internet politics, the book comprises essays by leading experts from across the world. The volume includes a comprehensive introduction to current debates in the field and their ramifications for global politics, and follows this with empirical case studies. These include cyberconflict, cyberwars, information warfare and hacktivism, in contexts such as Sri Lanka, Lebanon and Estonia, the European Social Forum, feminist cybercrusades and the use of the internet as a weapon by ethnoreligious and socio-political movements. The volume presents the theoretical debates and case studies of cyberconflict in a coherent, progressive and truly multidisciplinary way.
The book will be of interest to students of cyberconflict, internet politics, security studies and IR in general.
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Dear Kindle Reader:
It was about time.
It was about time to take the original version of “Information Warfare,” first released in Spring of 1994 and make it available on a Kindle.
While this book and its subsequent iteration are still used in schools around the world, it was largely updated and supplanted by “Information Warfare: 2nd Edition” (see below). Nonetheless, the premises are still sound and many of the terms, I am humbly proud to say, have entered the common lexicon.
You may well read this and think, “how obvious” and “of course!” but remember, this book caused a big stink when it came out now almost seven years ago. The US Government thought there was too much classified information in it and the Brits wanted to ban it. But that was then and this is now, with us all, hopefully, more educated and less naïve of the electronic world.
Finally, after much cajoling, my publisher has allowed me to put the book that started it all on the Internet. I know that the Electronic Pearl Harbor many of have spoken of has not occurred – thankfully. I know that some people consider my work that of a Chicken Little; that’s OK. The debate is encouraged and has contributed to greater security than I thought possible when I wrote this, what seems so many years ago.
A lot of the stories and data are old and that’s why web sites and newsletters have replaced a lot of the print media for fast updates: that is good.
But the foundations are still the same I believe.
We do not have an Electronic Bill of Rights. There is no privacy and the situation is getting worse.
Corporate security is not any better largely because we complicate the systems and expect an easy security fix. Ain’t gonna happen that way.
At the national level, I, as much as any one, have been surprised to see that nation states are doing what this book predicted. Well, maybe not that surprised.
All in all, I want to thank everyone for the tremendous support over the years which has encouraged me to continue working along lines that a few others demean.
Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Continue reading “Information Warfare”
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There has been a great deal of speculation recently concerning the likely impact of the 'Information Age' on warfare. In this vein, much of the Revolution in Military Affairs (RMA) literature subscribes to the idea that the Information Age will witness a transformation in the very nature of war. In this book, David Lonsdale puts that notion to the test.
Using a range of contexts, the book sets out to look at whether the classical Clausewitzian theory of the nature of war will retain its validity in this new age. The analysis covers the character of the future battlespace, the function of command, and the much-hyped concept of Strategic Information Warfare. Finally, the book broadens its perspective to examine the nature of 'Information Power' and its implications for geopolitics. Through an assessment of both historical and contemporary case studies (including the events following September 11 and the recent war in Iraq), the author concludes that although the future will see many changes to the conduct of warfare, the nature of war, as given theoretical form by Clausewitz, will remain essentially unchanged.
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Warfare and conflict are no longer just about the clash of uniformed armies and their cutting-edge technology. Conflict in the Information Age is about ideas, values, aspirations, fears and the struggle of people for identity. How will humankind define and wage war in the Infosphere? This book is about a journey into a new place that we have yet to define. It is offered by thinkers in the forefront of American and British government, academic, military, and private industry. Here are some of the issues examined:
• Is Infowar real?
• Who will defend cyberspace?
• What are Information Operations?
• Can and should the military patrol the information highway?
• What are the legal, ethical and moral issues?
• Will information decrease or add to the fog of war?
•Can we safely outsource national security?
• What did Kosovo teach us?
• How would Sun Tzu have employed information war?
• How real is the Insider Threat?
• What is the psychology of future war?
• Will technology be master or servant?
• Can perceptions be managed in peace, crisis and war?
• Who should protect critical infrastructures and how?
• What is the information content in National Security Strategy?