Information and communication technology is familiar term to everyone in the society. Here we are going to talk about the Information and communication warfare i.e ICWs. A warfare which have more sever effect then the atomic bombs (WMD).
The time is going to be passed away where a sword + shield, klashinkovs and grenades are the assets of a soldier and big armies with strong muscles are the choice of king and commanders in the battlefield. They used to bring their armies to one another and used to show their volume, power and expertise in order to harass the opponent.
The sword and shield are called weapons of 1G (first generation). The sword and shield was replaced by Fire Arms Weapons, the 2G (2nd generation) weapons. The battle field used to become full of fire and metal bullets and gases of various natures. The number of fire arms weapons, Arial vehicles and its effectiveness against the enemy play vital role in success of armies against their enemies.
The 2nd generation (2G) weapons have been followed by the unmanned Arial vehicle and automated guns. The same need no physical operator but are controlled from computer via signals. The Operator sits faraway from the battle field or place of conflict and act as a fighter. These are the 3G (3rd generation) weapons.
The 21st Century brought a major change to the art of warfare. The information and communities always paid crucial role in battlefield and the armies with excellent information and communication system always remained successful in achievement of their targets. The information and communication section of the warfare is totally changed to the force multiplier. The phenomenon of arranging huge armies, dangerous fire arms weapon and even the WMD (atomic weapon) would very soon become vanished.
The art of war has been changed or we can say developed. To achieve the certain objectives in this type of warfare you have to change the mindset of the society through propaganda and planed dissemination of news and information. The target is the population and pressure group, political groups, organizations are the tools. The goal of information warfare is to hold or effect the decision making process of the state.
In this type of war we have no need of battlefield. This is logical war i.e the war with a weapon of 4th generation or we can say the war in the air via signals. One need to full access and control over print media, press media and other information resources. Your enemy is not in front of you. You have to attack your enemy by pressing of buttons. This type of war resembles with the psychological war and political war.
The outcome of typical war is hand to hand, the one who win, will occupy the land but in this type of war which is also called the cyber war you have to wait the result for months sometimes. There is no solution to the threat of IW. The threat is real but the remedy is doubtful and even the most advanced states seems to be unprepared to respond to the IW attacked. We must understand that this technology is developing very rapidly and in near future the states would keep their armies volume to the minimum level and will build up effective use of Information and communication i.e internet, print media, social media, news channels against one another. In the circumstances mutual understanding, tolerance and respect of one other interest would be safety measure with countries.
The object of a conqueror would be changed to rule the minds and people of a state and not to occupy the land and kill the population.