Book Review: The Law of Information Conflict: National Security Law in Cyberspace


by Thomas C. Wingfield

Falls Church, Va.: Aegis Research, 2000. Pp. xxiv, 497. Tables, diagr., notes, glossary, append., index. . ISBN:0-9670326-1-X

A ground-breaking look at how the law of war will have to be modified to take into account “information warfare.” Unlike other recent attempts to codify the law of war with regard to information operations, Wingfield roots his work squarely in the historical record, deriving ideas from the existing law of war, which is substantially more applicable to the subject than is generally regarded. The book has a number of useful insights, perhaps the most important of which is that the law of war needs relatively little alteration to be applied to cyberwar.

The book is also a handy introduction to the law of war, providing an outline survey of the evolution of international law on the subject from earliest times.

A worthwhile read for anyone concerned with the problems of war in the so-called information age.

Reviewer: A. A. Nofi   

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