This article examines the questions of how law of war and other international law limits the new form of information warfare, if at all. To answer the question, the article first explores the definition of the term "information warfare," then discusses the appropriateness of applying the law of war to information warfare techniques. Major topics outlined in the article include Definitions, the law of armed conflict, cyberspace versus land, sea, air, and space, principle of humanity and the principle of chivalry. Author concludes that for now we have only the existing law and must apply it as it makes best sense, working to fill the law's gaps as they are identified. The fast-moving world of the third wave will provide challenges in accomplishing this, but the ease and speed with which information can be exchanged may also facilitate the task.
Airpower Journal (Fall 1996), v.10 no.2, p.99-110