iWar: War and Peace in the Information Age

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Discover how the United States can beat China, Russia, Iran, and ISIS in the coming information-technology wars from the New York Times bestselling author and veteran Washington Times columnist Bill Gertz.

America is at war, but most of its citizens don’t realize it.

Covert information warfare is being waged by world powers, rogue states—such as Russia, China, Iran, and North Korea—and even terrorist groups like ISIS. This conflict has been designed to defeat and ultimately destroy the United States.

This new type of warfare is part of the Information Age that has come to dominate our lives. In iWar, Bill Gertz describes how technology has completely revolutionized modern warfare, how the Obama administration failed to meet this challenge, and what we can and must do to catch up and triumph over this timely and important struggle.
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Bill Gertz is a national security columnist for the Washington Times, and senior editor of the Washington Free Beacon. His column on the Pentagon, Inside the Ring, appears weekly. He currently lives in Annapolis, MD with his wife Debra. Find him online at Gertzfile.com and @BillGertz.

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Simon and Schuster
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Published on
Jan 3, 2017
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384
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9781501154997
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English
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Business & Economics / Industries / Computers & Information Technology
Political Science / Commentary & Opinion
Political Science / Public Policy / Science & Technology Policy
Political Science / Terrorism
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