ARMY MUST REGAIN INITIATIVE IN SOCIAL CYBERWAR
Sun Tzu said, “The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.” Today, this supreme art is taking on unprecedented forms in the cyber environment. Wars are fought and the hearts and minds of populations captured in a landscape with no borders using armies of bots, cyborgs, trolls and sock puppets. Army leaders of the 21st century must be aware of the changing nature of information warfare and its impact on soldiers, operations, the operating environment, and the nation and society we defend.
Today, the borderless internet is used by state and non-state actors to manipulate information and societies in ways that were unheard of 25 years ago. Adversaries can rapidly conduct information maneuvers with little cost at unprecedented scales to achieve far-reaching consequences across the internet by exploiting features of social media platforms and the way humans naturally understand what they read and hear.