Information Warfare: Separating Hype from Reality (Paperback)

Information Warfare: Separating Hype from Reality By E. Leigh Armistead (Editor) Cover Image
By E. Leigh Armistead (Editor)
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In Leigh Armistead’s second edited volume on warfare in the Information Age, the authors explore the hype over possibilities versus actuality in their analysis of Information Operations (IO) today. First, leaders must better understand the informational element of national power, and second, their sole focus on technology must expand to include IO’s physical interconnectivity, content, and cognitive dimensions. Finally the authors urge the United States to use its enormous IO advantage to deal with complex national security issues beyond the Department of Defense, for example, in swaying global opinion and influencing other populations. Armistead and his colleagues set aside the hype and conjecture concerning IO, because its real potential is more powerful and comprehensive than currently appreciated. In a straightforward format they take practitioners on the path toward a smart and effective way of waging IO. While the original claims of “bloodless” wars or of computer hackers plunging North America into a new “dark age” of constant electric grid collapses quickly raised awareness of new threats and capabilities in the Information Age, these scenarios strain credulity and hamper our understanding of those threats and capabilities. This volume corrects this situation, grounding IO in the real world, and concentrates on its actual challenges, capabilities, and accomplishments. Information Warfare will be an indispensable guide and reference work for professionals and students in the fields of national security.

About the Author

Lt. Cdr. Edwin L. Armistead, USN, is a naval flight officer and former instructor at the Joint Forces Staff College. He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, and the U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force Command and Staff Colleges, and he is a doctoral candidate at Edith Cowan University. Armistead has published two books on the Navy's early warning aircraft and numerous articles in professional journals. He lives in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Praise For…

Information Warfare is a top pick for any collection strong in either military or national security issues.”—Midwest Book Review

Product Details
ISBN: 9781597970587
ISBN-10: 1597970581
Publisher: Potomac Books
Publication Date: June 1st, 2007
Pages: 176
Language: English
Series: Issues in Twenty-First Century Warfare