Strategic Information Warfare: A New Face of War
Roger C. Molander. Andrew S. Riddile, and Peter A. Wilson. Santa Monica, CA: RAND, 1996. 105 pp. $15.00 ($13.50).
Reviewed By Vice Admiral Jerry O. Tuttle, U.S. Navy (Retired)
The authors of Strategic Information Warfare have achieved masterfully the objective of the customer: “to gamer perspectives on a broad range of potential national issues related to the evolving concept of information warfare, with a particular emphasis on the defensive aspects of what is characterized in the report as ‘strategic information warfare’.” While not overwhelming us with substance, the drafters have elevated the information warfare strategic thought to a loftier plateau, and this report should be read by those concerned with—and responsible for—our national security. Strategic Information Warfare can serve as a benchmark from which to proceed in promoting information as a means to preserving the peace and, failing that, as a weapon in war.