Academic journal article Military Review

Information Strategy and Warfare: A Guide to Theory and Practice

Academic journal article Military Review

Information Strategy and Warfare: A Guide to Theory and Practice

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INFORMATION STRATEGY AND WARFARE: A Guide to Theory and Practice, edited by John Arquilla and Douglas A. Borer, Routledge, New York, 2007, 248 pages, $150.00.

John Arquilla and Douglas A. Borer have assembled a collection of essays on the frequently misunderstood relationship between the management, planning, content, utilization, and dissemination of information, the basic components of information operations (IO), and military strategy. The work's thesis is that technology and interconnectedness brought about by the arrival of the Information Age and Globalization enabled the development of IO and the information domain.

The rise of a new domain and tools by which national objectives can be achieved requires a unique and distinct strategy--information strategy. Information strategy represents a new measure of power and is an equal, not subordinate, partner with military strategy.

Arquilla's intellectually strong and insightful introduction sets the tone for the rest of the book and sets up the three themes the volume explores. The first theme makes the case for information strategy based upon the irregular nature of modern conflicts. The second theme discusses the organizational implications of information strategy for U. …

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