The Dialectics of Information – A Framework

Publication Type:

Journal Article


Andrew Borden


Information & Security: An International Journal, Volume 4, p.33-40 (2000)


Electronic Warfare, Entropy, Information, Mutual Information, Shannon-HartleyTheorem, Situation Assessment.


The Shannon-Hartley Theorem for the information-carrying capacity of a noisy communication channel is an elegant way to unify Attack and Protect concepts in Electronic Warfare (EW). Using this principle, all EW measures can be seen as attempts to increase (reduce) bandwidth or Signal to Noise Ratio. Shannon’s Formula for Mutual Information is an extension of this principle to the Information Dialectic in which all Attack and Protect measures are attempts to increase (reduce) Information Bandwidth or Entropy (ambiguity). This characterization of Information Warfare is domain independent and very widely applicable.