The devil is in the details. Information warfare in the light of Russia's military doctrine Cover Image

The devil is in the details. Information warfare in the light of Russia's military doctrine
The devil is in the details. Information warfare in the light of Russia's military doctrine

Author(s): Jolanta Darczewska
Subject(s): Security and defense, Military policy
Published by: Ośrodek Studiów Wschodnich im. Marka Karpia
Keywords: Information warfare;security; informational threats; Russian security policy; non-military methods;Russia;
Summary/Abstract: By highlighting informational threats and giving them a military dimension, the authors of the Russian Federation's military doctrine have outlined the concept of information warfare. It is a kind of combat conducted by both conventional and indirect methods, open and concealed, using military and civilian structures. It has two dimensions: broader ("non-nuclear containment", i.e. combat waged on various levels - political, economic, diplomatic, humanitarian, military) and narrower (as an element supporting of action). An analysis of these issues enables us to identify several rising trends over the period 2000-2014 in Russian security policy. These boil down to a blurring of the boundaries between internal and external threats, introducing non-military methods and organisational structures to armed combat, and conferring an ideological character on this combat. This leads to a blurring of the contours of inter-state conflicts, which allows Russia to take part in armed conflicts in which it is not officially a party.

  • Print-ISBN-13: 978-83-62936-57-1
  • Page Count: 39
  • Publication Year: 2015
  • Language: English