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Author Merrin, William

Title Digital War : a Critical Introduction
Published Milton : Routledge, 2018


Description 1 online resource (329 pages)
Contents Cover; Half Title; Title Page; Copyright Page; Table of Contents; List of boxes; List of abbreviations; Timeline; Introduction: a new field; 1. Top-down war: televising conflict in the 1990s; A new kind of war ... ; The Gulf War; 'The New World Order' 1991-1999; The Kosovo conflict; Conclusion; Key reading; References; 2. Non-war and virtual war: theorizing conflict in the 1990s; Re-thinking war; Jean Baudrillard and 'non-war'; Paul Virilio and 'information warfare'; The Tofflers and 'third wave war'; Chris Hables Gray: 'Postmodern' and 'cyborg' war; Michael Ignatieff and 'virtual war'
James Der Derian and 'virtuous war'Conclusion; Key reading; Note; References; 3. Informational and networked war: remaking conflict in the 1990s; The US military; Computing and warfare; The 'Revolution in Military Affairs'; 'Information warfare' and 'C2W'; 'Cyberwar'; 'Information warfare', 'C4I' and 'information operations'; 'Full-spectrum dominance'; 'Network-centric warfare'; Conclusion; Key reading; References; 4. The War on Terror: reporting 9/11 and Afghanistan; Breaking news ... ; 9/11 and after; The Afghan War and its media coverage; Conclusion; Key reading; References
5. Shock and awe: reporting the Iraq WarTargeting Iraq; Selling Iraq; Mediating Iraq; Key reading; References; 6. From Abu Ghraib to Facebook: the end of military informational control; The digital revolution; Abu Ghraib; The rise of Web 2.0; The new military embed; The social media battlefield; Key reading; References; 7. Transparent war: Wikileaks and the war logs; Post-invasion Afghanistan and Iraq; Julian Assange; Wikileaks; Information warfare; Wikileaks' significance; Key reading; References; 8. Drone war: telepresent assassination; Changing war; The history of drones
The US drone programmeThe benefits of drones; Military issues; Legal and political issues; Moral issues; The future of drones; Key reading; References; 9. Ambient war: cyberwar everywhere; Defining 'cyberwar'; The origins of cyberwar; 'The age of cyberwar'; China and North Korea; Evaluating 'cyberwar'; Ambient cyberwar; Key reading; References; 10. #ParticipativeWar: social media in Gaza and Syria; Full spectrum access; Gaza online; Syria's global civil war; Conclusion; Key reading; References; 11. Viral war: Islamic State's digital terror; A global brand; The rise of Islamic State
Islamic State's media operationsIslamic State recruitment; Fighting Islamic State online; After Islamic State?; Key reading; Note; References; 12. Augmented war: wearables, phones, soldier-systems, AR, simulations, sensors, exo-skeletons and BCI; The problem of presence; Wearables, phones, and soldier-systems; Augmented reality; Simulations; Sensors and 'Big Data'; Exo-skeletons; Brain-computer interfaces; Key reading; References; 13. Algorithmic war: the AI and robotic RMA; I fought the LAWS; The rise of the robots; The AI arms race; The pros and cons of robotics; Anti-robot warnings
Summary Digital War offers a comprehensive overview of the impact of digital technologies upon the military, the media, the global public and the concept of 'warfare' itself. This introductory textbook explores the range of uses of digital technology in contemporary warfare and conflict. The book begins with the 1991 Gulf War, which showcased post-Vietnam technological developments and established a new model of close military and media management. It explores how this model was reapplied in Kosovo (1999), Afghanistan (2001) and Iraq (2003), and how, with the Web 2.0 revolution, this informational control broke down. New digital technologies allowed anyone to be an informational producer leading to the emergence of a new mode of 'participative war', as seen in Gaza, Iraq and Syria. The book examines major political events of recent times, such as 9/11 andthe War on Terror and its aftermath. It also considers how technological developments such as unmanned drones and cyberwar have impacted upon global conflict and explores emerging technologies such as soldier-systems, exo-skeletons, robotics and artificial intelligence and their possible future impact. This book will be of much interest to students of war and media, security studies, political communication, new media, diplomacy and IR in general
Notes Robotic and AI proliferation
Print version record
Subject Cyberspace operations (Military science) -- History
Cyberterrorism -- History
Military art and science -- Technological innovations -- History -- Case studies
War -- Technological innovations -- History -- Case studies
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- International Relations -- Diplomacy.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Media Studies.
digital technology.
Iraq war.
information warfare.
new media.
Syrian conflict.
virtual war.
War on Terror.
Cyberspace operations (Military science)
Military art and science -- Technological innovations.
War -- Technological innovations.
Genre/Form Case studies.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781317480402