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Information warfare is a term that refers to the use of a broad range of capabilities involving information and the electromagnetic spectrum. Information warfare can refer to the use of information itself, to activities that affect information technology, to the creation of perception, or to the denial of information to decision makers. As an all-encompassing term with definite connotations of conflict, the concept of information warfare is most often associated with the security environment.

Background

First used in the 1990s, the term information warfare was an umbrella term that covered a wide range of military and diplomatic tools and was based on the concept that information and information technologies were increasingly important to national security and that all conflict would eventually turn on the need to ...

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