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 to consider in regards to information in war strategy: gathering it, controlling it and using information to attack. Tzu says, “The end and aim of spying in all its five varieties is knowledge of the enemy…” [1] Pufeng agree with Tzu by saying “The goal is to obtain timely information, to understand the enemy and ourselves, and to achieve clarity about our situation with great determination.” [2] Once the information has been gathered, the next step is to know what do with it. It is very important that the information be spread at the right time and to the right people. Pufeng believes that control is paramount to success, “To achieve victory in information warfare, the central issue is control of information.” [3] Tzu talks about the…

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