Title: Management of information warfare: emerging paradigm

Authors: Zafar Husain, A.K. Pathak, Ramkrishna Vyas

Addresses: United Arab Emirates (UAE) University, P.O. Box No. 17555, Al-Ain, UAE. ' Indian Army, Sena Bhawan, New Delhi 110 024, India. ' International Institute of Professional Studies, Devi Ahilya University (Formerly University of Indore), Indore, MP 452001, India

Abstract: Dramatic developments in technologies pertaining to information systems have made profound impact on developed and developing nations and societies. Besides the changes in the social dialectic, the concept and conduct of war fighting have also changed. Information as a resource has now become a strategic weapon. Information dominance has now become the principle goal of war fighting. However technological capabilities and societal dependence on IT of developed nations is vastly superior to those of the developing countries. Here in lies the need for identifying the developing countries| perspective on information warfare (IW) and to look into an emerging paradigm. An attempt has been made to figure out a road map for developing countries to gain sufficient defensive and offensive capabilities. The study was carried out in three phases which concluded IW as an effective warfare in technological asymmetric situations and a deterrent in different levels of conflict spectrum.

Keywords: information warfare; armed forces; information technology dependence; information dominance; war fighting; developing countries; defensive capabilities; offensive capabilities; information management.

DOI: 10.1504/IJITM.2005.006403

International Journal of Information Technology and Management, 2005 Vol.4 No.1, pp.25 - 67

Published online: 03 Mar 2005 *

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