Unlike the United States, the European Union and other Western nations, Russian and Chinese military writers generally do not use the term “Cyber Warfare”, preferring “Information Warfare” or “Informatized Warfare” instead. This is a significant difference; understanding it may better inform those who are still struggling to fit the round peg of Cyber Warfare into the square hole of the Western way of war.
The People’s Republic of China considers the United States a technologically superior adversary, and is simultaneously dependent upon U.S. consumers and the support of U.S.-based multi-national corporations. What is the appropriate military strategy for a nation that finds itself in such a position?
“Therefore the skillful leader subdues the enemy’s troops without any fighting; he captures their cities without laying siege to them; he overthrows their kingdom without lengthy operations in the field.” (Sun Tzu, 500 BC)