Terrorism and the Information Age (Cyberterrorism)

[I]t is only the enlightened ruler and the wise general who will use the highest intelligence of the army for purposes of spying and thereby they achieve great results. Spies are a most important element in war…Sun Tzu, The Art of WarInformation WarfareInformation has always been a crucial resource in warfare. In ancient times, knowledge about sources of food and water, an enemy’s resources, its position and mobility, and its plans and strategies were crucial to success. Even with the advent of modern weapons systems, communications systems, and transportation, appropriate use of these resources still depends upon high quality and up-to-the-minute information. Because terrorists seek a leverage advantage in their actions, they naturally attempt to gain the upper hand in information warfare. The advent of modern information technologies and particularly, the Internet have heightened the need to understand information warfare in all of its forms.  Image: 2011 Aerospace and…

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Lawrence Husick

Lawrence Husick is a Senior Fellow in the Foreign Policy Research Institute’s Center on Terrorism, Counter-Terrorism and Homeland Security where he concentrates on the study of terrorist tactics and...