The New Cyberwar: Technology and the Redefinition of Warfare

The New Cyberwar: Technology and the Redefinition of Warfare

by Dennis F. Poindexter


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The New Cyberwar: Technology and the Redefinition of Warfare by Dennis F. Poindexter

Carl Von Clausewitz described the purpose of war as “the compulsory submission of the enemy to our will.” Unlike conventional military conflicts of the past, war in the information age is more a battle of wills than artillery, and doesn’t necessarily end with decisive conclusions or clear winners. Cyber warfare between nations is conducted not only without the consent or participation of citizens but often without their knowledge, with little to see in the way of airstrikes and troop movements.
The weapons are information systems, intelligence, propaganda and the media. The combatants are governments, multinational corporations, hackers and whistleblowers. The battlefields are economies, command and control networks, election outcomes and the hearts and minds of populations. As with Russia’s bloodless 2014 annexation of the Crimea, the cyberwar is fought before the infantry arrives. Written by a United States intelligence community insider, this book describes the covert aspects of modern wars and the agencies who fund and fight them.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786498437
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 08/19/2015
Pages: 228
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Dennis F. Poindexter has been a staff member in the U.S. House of Representatives and made information warfare assessments for Ballistic Missile Defense, the National Command Authority and the Defense Threat Reduction Agency. He performed counter-terrorism operations for the FBI and worked with the White House Critical National Cybersecurity Initiative Number 7. He lives in Potomac Falls, Virginia.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vi

Introduction 1

1. A New Outcome for War 9

2. A Cloudy Day in Kiev 22

3. The Last Great War 40

4. The War Peeks Out 50

5. Cyberwar 67

6. Economic War 92

7. Economic Espionage 96

8. The Evolution of Command and Control Warfare 104

9. Psychological Warfare 110

10. Follow the Money 117

11. A Military Left Out 130

12. The Integration of Business and War 141

13. The Combatants 164

14. Fighting a Modern War 175

15. The New World War 188

Chapter Notes 193

Bibliography 206

Index 219

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