Information warfare and nuclear conflict termination

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This study considers the possible implications of information warfare for efforts to terminate a nuclear war, or a war between nuclear armed states that is about to go nuclear. Information warfare could interfere with some of the requirements for nuclear conflict termination in at least five ways: by increasing the difficulty of accurate communication between heads of state; by decreasing the likelihood of military compliance with terms of ceasefire or settlement; by reinforcing mass images of the enemy that make it more difficult for leaders to negotiate; and by making battle damage assessment more complicated; and by increasing the amount of uncertainty within an already chaotic government decision‐making process and within a possibly acephalous military instrument.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)69-90
Number of pages22
JournalEuropean Security
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1998

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Political Science and International Relations


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