Communications warfare is a concept involving the use and management of information and communications technology in pursuit of a competitive advantage over an opponent. Information warfare may involve collection of tactical information, assurance(s) that one’s own information is valid, spreading of propaganda or disinformation to demoralize or manipulate the enemy and the public, undermining the quality of opposing force information and denial of information-collection opportunities to opposing forces. Information warfare is closely linked to psychological warfare.
Some favor technology to wage communications warfare, which extends into the realms of electronic warfare, cyberwarfare, radio frequency, information assurance and computer network operations, attack and defense.
Many use the much broader term of “Information Operations” which, although making use of technology, focuses on the more human-related aspects of information use, including (amongst many others) social network analysis, decision analysis and the human aspects of command and control.
Communications warfare can run the spectrum from radio frequency to cyberspace attacks initiated by one nation, organization, or individual against another nation having an underlying goal of gaining information superiority over the attacked party, which includes disrupting or denying the victimized party’s ability to gather and distribute information. For example, if a nation chose to attack another nation’s power grid by disrupting wireless communications or attacking servers in a specific area to disrupt communications, civilians and businesses in that area would also have to deal with power outages, which could potentially lead to economic disruptions as well.
Moreover, physical abilities have also been implemented into the latest revolution in military affairs by deploying new, more autonomous robots (i.e. – unmanned drones) into the battlefield to carry out duties such as patrolling borders and attacking ground targets. Humans from remote locations pilot many of the unmanned drones, which gives opportunity to wireless radio frequency warfare.
Former U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter was in Washington testifying on the Pentagon’s budget before jetting off to Silicon Valley to talk innovation with tech business leaders about Offensive Cyber Security, but whether he’s on the East Coast or the West Coast there’s one issue that every audience is asking about: offensive cyber.
“Cyber can be a tool that we can use against our enemies,” he said before the committee.
At the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco on Tuesday, Carter added, “It is the kind of thing we’ve done in electronic warfare over the radio spectrum for decades and decades.”
It surprises no one that the U.S. government is using communications as a tool for war. What was surprising was that the Pentagon publicly acknowledged it is waging active campaigns against its adversaries.
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