The Chinese Information War

Espionage, Cyberwar, Communications Control and Related Threats to United States Interests


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About the Book

This book is about a cyberwar with China. This new type of war, says the author, is China’s effort at bending another country’s will to its own. It is clever, broadly applied, successful, and aimed directly at the United States. This war is neither conventional nor accidental. The U.S. military is at a disadvantage because it is part of a system of government that is democratic, decentralized and mostly separated from American businesses. This system has served the country well but is not a path that China sees as worth following. This book is not a “how to” book of strategies that might be developed to fight a cyberwar. It is a way to grasp and categorize what the Chinese are already doing, to make sense of it. Until the U.S. sees itself as in a war, it cannot begin to effectively prosecute it.

About the Author(s)

Dennis F. Poindexter is a career member of the United States intelligence community. He is a former faculty member of the Defense Security Institute, a staff member at the United States House of Representatives, and a member of the President’s Critical Infrastructure Protection Committee. He has been writing and speaking about national security and information warfare since 1980, and his work has appeared in ComputerWorld and The Office. He lives in Potomac Falls, Virginia.

Bibliographic Details

Dennis F. Poindexter
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 200
Bibliographic Info: notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2013
pISBN: 978-0-7864-7271-0
eISBN: 978-1-4766-0130-4
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Preface 1
Introduction 5
1. The First Principle of War 25
2. Economic War 33
3. The Great Wall 60
4. The Borg 76
5. Cyberwar 83
6. Border to Border 113
7. The New Cold War 168
Chapter Notes 183
Bibliography 187
Index 189

Book Reviews & Awards

“the book raises important points and makes a strong case for more coordinated government and private sector efforts to address the information war problem effectively. Recommended”—Choice; “a strong addition to current events and international issues collections, recommended”—Midwest Book Review; “extensive factual research…provides ample references in this detailed research…an eye opening expose that details the working of the Chinese government…fascinating”—Slashdot.