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Har Rysslands nyttjande av informationskrigföring förändrats mellan 1999-2014?
Swedish National Defence College.
2016 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The absence of previous research regarding Russia´s use of information warfare has not been able to show if there has been a new way of adapting information warfare alongside the development in the warfare in general. The previous research has established a development in warfare by the means of information technology. This is important to understand as it constitutes an equalizer between small states and great powers in the global arena. At the same time, it is even more important to understand that the development of Russian behavior has implications on warfare in a global perspective. The purpose of this thesis is to contribute to the conclusions of previous research which predicted a transformation in the warfare and give a new view of the transformation by inspecting Russia´s use of information warfare in modern warfare and probe if there has been a change. Additional purpose of this study is to understand Russia´s way of conduct in modern conflicts and have a better ability of control in forthcoming conflicts. The method used reflects the qualitative case and is constructed as a one-case study with variation in time, using three different conflicts. The analysis is conducted by the means of operational indicators extracted from Libickis theory. The result of the study shows that Russia have changed their way of using information warfare in between all of the three conflicts, and it is not that easy to say that the use of information warfare has changed. It might depend on the situation or the opposite side and how the individual conflict occur. There is no clear answer on that question, but this essay gives a deeper view in the use of information warfare by Russia in modern conflicts.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 41 p.
Keyword [sv]
Informationskrigföring, hybridkrigföring, Ryssland, Libicki, Andra Tjetjenienkriget, Georgien, Krimkrisen
National Category
Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-6193OAI: diva2:941204
Subject / course
War Studies Thesis
Educational program
Officersprogrammet (OP)
Available from: 2016-08-18 Created: 2016-06-22 Last updated: 2016-08-18Bibliographically approved

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