This book outlines the threats from information warfare faced by the West and analyses the ways it can defend itself.
Existing on a spectrum from communication to indoctrination, information can be used to undermine trust, amplify emotional resonance, and reformulate identities. The West is currently experiencing an information war, and major setbacks have included: ‘fake news’; disinformation campaigns; the manipulation of users of social media; the dissonance of hybrid warfare; and even accusations of ‘state capture’. Nevertheless, the West has begun to comprehend the reality of what is happening, and it is now in a position defend itself. In this volume, scholars, information practitioners, and military professionals define this new war and analyse its shape, scope, and direction. Collectively, they indicate how media policies, including social media, represent a form of information strategy, how information has become the ‘centre of gravity’ of operations, and why the further exploitation of data (by scale and content) by adversaries can be anticipated. For the West, being first with the truth, being skilled in cyber defence, and demonstrating virtuosity in information management are central to resilience and success.
This book will be of much interest to students of strategic studies, information warfare, propaganda studies, cyber-security, and International Relations.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
part I|25 pages
How did this war start?
part II|50 pages
Truth, cognition, and control
part III|67 pages
How others fight
part IV|93 pages
Policy response and how to fight