FierceGovernmentIT on ODNI arguing the idea of cyber warfar overshadowing the concept of “netwar” puts the US at greater, unnecessary risk:

While many government officials are focused on cyberwarfare following a spate of high-profile cyberattacks including the recent Office of Personnel Management data breach allegedly by Chinese hackers, a new paper states that another concept called “netwar” – a psychological force that’s increasingly related to cyber – deserves more attention.

The paper (pdf), released June 11 by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, defines netwar as “intentional activities [meant] to influence the domain of human perception via either overt or hidden channels, in which one or more actors seeks to impose a desired change upon the perception of another actor, in order that this change facilitate second-and third order effects of benefit to them.”

Specifically, the term, coined in the 1990s and redefined in this paper, refers not to physical force but to elements of psychological force such as propaganda, although netwar perpetrators might use cyber systems and tools to carry out their objectives.

“Would any national security scholar or practitioner dispute that at least some components of netwar – for example, deliberate combinations of diplomacy, propaganda, and manipulation of media – seem to be growing in the modern geopolitical space?” poses the paper’s author, Robert Brose, who is lead for futures and capability development at ODNI.

Interesting read.