RUSI JournalVolume 160Issue 4members only

The Changing Nature of Modern Warfare: Responding to Russian Information Warfare


Russia’s success in Crimea owed much to a successful information campaign – a strategy Western militaries are unprepared to exploit to the same extent

While Western militaries recognise the logic and necessity of ‘irregular warfare’ in their military operations, the manifold aspects of irregular fighting have yet to be mastered fully. Information warfare, for example, appears to be a tool more capably employed by Russia, to the detriment of NATO. Rod Thornton explains how and why Russia has ‘won’ in Crimea by affording subversive information campaigns primacy in its military operations. Acknowledging the twofold constraints

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