The Art Of War, By Sun Tzu And The Paper `` The Challenge Of Information Warfare ``

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War strategy is a complicated subject. A few decades ago, warfare was generally thought of only in terms of physical fighting; however, today’s technological society has introduced a new arena of defense and attacks. The book “The Art of War” by Sun Tzu and the paper “The Challenge of Information Warfare” by Major General Wang Pufeng are both great readings about how countries must act to be successful in war. Both authors agree on two major aspects of wartime strategy: information and the use of people. Despite the similarities Tzu’s strategy needs to evolve be fully relevant. Tzu and Pufeng both show similarities but Tzu’s theory needs to expand to fit the times. Information is the most important thing in wartime. There are three things…show more content…
Tzu talks about using information against the enemy, “Having converted spies, getting hold of the enemy 's spies and using them for our own purposes.” [1] He talks about using the enemy’s spies against them so they can spread false information and deceive the enemy. Pufeng says, “Information warfare includes engaging in an active offense of information suppression and attack, as well as in the reactive defense of information counter-reconnaissance, resistance to interference, and defense against destruction.” [4] Gathering, controlling and using information to attack are all items that these two authors think are important when fighting in a war. Another arena that the authors agree on is the importance of people in the army. The two authors both agree that soldiers are an important part of wartime strategy. Tzu believes it is important how soldiers are treated, “Therefore soldiers must be treated in the first instance with humanity, but kept under control by means of iron discipline. This is a certain road to victory.” [5] Tzu continues to demonstrate the importance of the treatment of soldiers in saying, “If a general shows confidence in his men but always
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