1st Edition

Information Warfare in the Age of Cyber Conflict

    270 Pages
    by Routledge

    270 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book examines the shape, sources and dangers of information warfare (IW) as it pertains to military, diplomatic and civilian stakeholders.

    Cyber warfare and information warfare are different beasts. Both concern information, but where the former does so exclusively in its digitized and operationalized form, the latter does so in a much broader sense: with IW, information itself is the weapon. The present work aims to help scholars, analysts and policymakers understand IW within the context of cyber conflict. Specifically, the chapters in the volume address the shape of influence campaigns waged across digital infrastructure and in the psychology of democratic populations in recent years by belligerent state actors, from the Russian Federation to the Islamic Republic of Iran. In marshalling evidence on the shape and evolution of IW as a broad-scoped phenomenon aimed at societies writ large, the authors in this book present timely empirical investigations into the global landscape of influence operations, legal and strategic analyses of their role in international politics, and insightful examinations of the potential for democratic process to overcome pervasive foreign manipulation.

    This book will be of much interest to students of cybersecurity, national security, strategic studies, defence studies and International Relations in general.

    1. Introduction Christopher Whyte, Trevor Thrall and Brian Mazanec

    Part I: The nature, history and correlates of information warfare in the age of cyber conflict

    2. The convergence of information warfare Martin C. Libicki

    3. A brief history of fake: Surveying Russian disinformation from the Russian empire through the cold war to the present Aaron F. Brantly

    4. The Ideological battlefield: China’s approach to political warfare and propaganda in an age of cyber conflict Elsa B. Kania

    5. Cyber Conflict at the intersection of information operations: Cyber-enabled information operations 2000-2016 Colin Foote, Ryan C. Maness, Benjamin Jensen and Brandon Valeriano

    Part II: (Cyber-enabled) Information at war

    6. Bear market? Grizzly steppe and the American marketplace of ideas A. Trevor Thrall and Andrew Armstrong

    7. Commanding the trend: Social media as information warfare Lt Col Jarred Prier

    8. Cyber by a different logic: Using an information warfare kill chain to understand cyber-enabled influence operations Christopher Whyte and Ugochukwu Etudo

    9. Cyber-enabled information warfare and influence operations: A revolution in technique? Miguel Alberto Gomez

    Part III: Building resilience: Questions of legality, diplomacy and society

    10. Might or Byte(s): On the safeguarding of democracy in the digital age Christopher Colligan

    11. On the organization of the U.S. Government for responding to adversarial information warfare and influence operations Herbert Lin

    12. Virtual disenfranchisement: Cyber election meddling in the grey zones of international law Michael Schmitt

    13. Stigmatizing cyber and information warfare: Mission impossible? Brian Mazanec and Patricia Shamai

    Part IV: The fluid shape of modern information warfare

    14. How deep the rabbit hole goes: Escalation, deterrence and the ‘deeper’ challenges of information warfare in the age of the internet Christopher Whyte


    Christopher Whyte is an Assistant Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University, USA.

    A. Trevor Thrall is Associate Professor in the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University, USA, and a Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute, USA.

    Brian M. Mazanec is a researcher of cyber conflict, strategic warfare, and intelligence and teaches in the Department of Defense and Strategic Studies at Missouri State University, USA, and in the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University, USA.