Information warfare is the use and management of information in pursuit of a competitive advantage over an opponent. Information warfare may involve collection of tactical information, assurance(s) that one’s own information is valid, spreading of propaganda or disinformation to demoralize the enemy and the public, undermining the quality of opposing force information and denial of information-collection opportunities to opposing forces. Information warfare is closely linked to psychological warfare.

Declassified Documents

Relevant Documents

blank Information Warfare Technologies: Survey of Selected Civil Sector Activities, February 1996 [164  Pages, 5.51mb] – This document has been prepared to set forth the results of a technology survey requested by the Joint Staff pursuant to tasking from the Joint Warfare Capability Assessment (JWCA) Information Warfare Technology Subgroup.  The approach chosen to highlight the technologies is a collection of “Technology Overview” survey forms using a format specified by the Joint Staff. The Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA) selected 56 technologies that are briefly described with regard to their potential long-term usefulness to Information Warfare applications. A more complete evaluation of a subset of the most promising technologies is provided in parallel IDA Paper P-3157, Infomzation Warfare: Selected Long-Range Technology Applications.

blank Russian Views on Electronic and Information Warfare. Volume 1, December 1996 [82  Pages, 1.82MB] – In the early 1980s, the Soviet military was perhaps the first to argue that a new “revolution” was occurring in military affairs. Today the Russian military argues that precision-guided, non-nuclear, deep-strike weapons and the systems used to integrate them are revolutionizing all aspects of military art and force structure and elevating combat capabilities.

blank Russian Views on Electronic and Information Warfare. Volume 2, December 1996 [365  Pages, 12.67MB]

blank Themes in Chinese Writings on Information Warfare [106 Pages, 6.5mb]

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