Volume 22, Issue 2 Editorial

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Spring 2023

Welcome to the latest edition of the Journal of Information Warfare (JIW). This is a very interesting set of papers that we have selected to publish as it demonstrates the breadth and depth of academic intellect of our community. These articles range from very technical cyber attack methodologies, to social media, proposed military reorganizations, as well as awareness tactics to understand the threat. This is done on purpose, as we want to expose how broad this research publication is, and how incredibly exciting this field is becoming. Specifically includes this publication the following papers:

  • The Army’s First Information Warfighting Function: The Need for an Information Warfighting Function—Defeating Our Adversaries in Modern-Day Warfare
  • Closing the (National Security) Gap
  • The Space of Influence: Developing a New Method to Conceptualise Foreign Information Manipulation and Interference on Social Media
  • Destabilizing a Regime to Support a Military Campaign, and Vice Versa
  • Phishing in the Wild: An Ecologically Valid Study of Phishing Tactics and Human Factors that Predict Susceptibility to a Phishing Attack
  • The Caesar Cipher and Stacking the Deck in New York State Voter Rolls

In addition, the two main academic conferences that we support, are back after COVID with robust physical and virtual events. Most recently (March 2023), Towson University (Baltimore, MD) hosted the International Conference on Cyber Warfare and Security, and next year we will be in Johannesburg, South Africa. The European version is planned for Athens, Greece in July.

We are also happy that we have started a collaboration with the Information Professionals Association to develop a new academic publication entitled, Information Professionals Association (IPA) to publish the Journal of Cognitive Security (JGS). This new effort will address the impact of the increasing volume and variability of information available to anyone with a handheld device, the speed with which information is replicated, spread, and processed to anyone with the means to access the Internet-protocol driven world and the ubiquity of handheld telecommunications and the resulting interactions of those pressures on societal change. Cognitive Security is a field dedicated to understanding the role of influence amongst individuals and groups through application of multidisciplinary and multi-stakeholder lenses. The journal will be a forum for industry, academia, and government to explore the concepts of cognitive security described in the preceding paragraph and their impact on societies, governments (including militaries), and businesses. The journal is a peer-reviewed publication with at least two reviewers for every submission; reviewers are qualified to evaluate the statements of fact, assumptions, and evidence supporting conclusions asserted in submitted papers, and will maintain an Editorial and Advisory Board composed of researchers, industry members, and others with established credentials in the field of information its use, dissemination, and impact on decision making. The journal is proposed to be published quarterly but periodicity and frequency will be determined by the Editorial and Advisory Board based on the demand signal from our readership. Here is the website and we look forward to a great new relationship: https://cogsecjournal.com/.


Peregrine Technical Solutions, LLC Yorktown, VA

Dr. Leigh Armistead is the President of Peregrine Technical Solutions, a certified 8(a) small business that specializes in cyber security, and the Chief Editor of the Journal  of  Information Warfare. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy (1984), earned  a  master’s  degree  in Military History from Old Dominion University (1993), and a doctorate in Computer and Information Science from Edith Cowan University (2009). His major field of study is cyber power. He has published three books—all of which focus on the full spectrum of information warfare. He founded the International Conference on Cyber Warfare and Security, and the Vice-Chair Working Group 9.10–ICT Uses in Peace and War. He is a retired Naval officer.


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