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The Information Warfare Life Cycle Model

Brett van Niekerk, Manoj S. Maharaj
South African Journal of Information Management | Vol 13, No 1 | a476 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajim.v13i1.476 | © 2011 Brett van Niekerk, Manoj S. Maharaj | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 01 March 2011 | Published: 09 November 2011

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Brett van Niekerk, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Manoj S. Maharaj, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

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Information warfare (IW) is a dynamic and developing concept, which constitutes a number of disciplines. This paper aims to develop a life cycle model for information warfare that is applicable to all of the constituent disciplines. The model aims to be scalable and applicable to civilian and military incidents where information warfare tactics are employed. Existing information warfare models are discussed, and a new model is developed from the common aspects of these existing models. The proposed model is then applied to a variety of incidents to test its applicability and scalability. The proposed model is shown to be applicable to multiple disciplines of information warfare and is scalable, thus meeting the objectives of the model.


network warfare; psychological operations; incident analysis; electronic warfare


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