Archive for February, 2010

Daniel Ventre of the French National Center for Scientific Research drew our attention to his recently published Information Warfare, a study of the topic that uses three case studies, including Singapore. His synopsis reads:

New information technologies have contributed to the emergence of new lifestyles and modern strategic developments, but they have also provided new forms of weapons for all kinds of belligerents.

This book introduces the concept of “information warfare”, covering its evolution over the last decade and its developments among several economic and political giants: China, Russia, Japan, India and Singapore. Discussion is then given to the national particularities of these countries, such as how they imagine the concept of information warfare to be, what it comprises and how it interacts with their military doctrine and employment, as well as their specific political, diplomatic and economic contexts.

The use of information warfare as a form of attack is also covered, with particular emphasis given to cyberspace, which has become the space for a new war as the tool not only of nations but also terrorists, activists, insurgents, etc. The challenges faced by countries who usually fail in securing their cyberspace (Japan,Singapore, USA, etc.) in terms of national and defence security, and economic and power losses are also covered.

The book also introduces several analyses of recent events in terms of cyber attacks and tries to propose interpretations and tools to better understand cyber conflicts: what is merely cyber crime and what is warfare in cyberspace.

More information on the book can be found here.

Thanks Daniel for bringing this to our attention!


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The 2010 US Quadrennial Defence Review: Implications for Southeast Asia
by Joey Long
RSIS Commentary No. 19
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The recently-issued US QDR emphasises the need for the Pentagon to revitalise defence relations with Southeast Asia. Closer Southeast Asia-US cooperation will preserve American access to the global commons — sea, airspace and cyberspace —as they relate to this region.

The Dog That Didn’t Bark? The 2010 Quadrennial Defence Review
by Richard A. Bitzinger
RSIS Commentary No. 18
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The Department of Defence’s long-awaited QDR offers little new when it comes to discussing the future direction of the US military. More notably, it hardly mentions the “transformation” of the US military, or the likely future challenges of a Chinese “peer competitor”.

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by Ho Shu Huang
RSIS Commentary No. 15
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