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David Lonsdale

Senior Lecturer/ Programme Director, BA War Studies/ Programme Director, MA Strategy and International Security


The ethics of cyber attack: Pursuing legitimate security and the common good in contemporary conflict scenarios (2020)
Journal Article
Lonsdale, D. J., & Lonsdale, D. (2020). The ethics of cyber attack: Pursuing legitimate security and the common good in contemporary conflict scenarios. Journal of Military Ethics, 19(1), 20-39. https://doi.org/10.1080/15027570.2020.1764694

Cyber attack against Critical National Infrastructure is a developing capability in state arsenals. The onset of this new instrument in national security has implications for conflict thresholds and military ethics. To serve as a legitimate tool of p... Read More about The ethics of cyber attack: Pursuing legitimate security and the common good in contemporary conflict scenarios.

Visualizing the terror threat. The impact of communicating security information to the general public using infographics and motion graphics (2019)
Journal Article
Lonsdale, M. D. S., Lonsdale, D., Baxter, M., Graham, R., Kanafani, A., Li, A., & Peng, C. (2019). Visualizing the terror threat. The impact of communicating security information to the general public using infographics and motion graphics. Visible language, 53(2), 37-71

Terrorism represents one of the most pressing contemporary security threats. As a consequence, governments provide information to the public on threat levels and on how to respond to terror incidents. To effectively reassure the public, and to increa... Read More about Visualizing the terror threat. The impact of communicating security information to the general public using infographics and motion graphics.

Handling and communicating intelligence information: a conceptual, historical and information design analysis (2019)
Journal Article
Lonsdale, D., & Lonsdale, M. D. S. (2019). Handling and communicating intelligence information: a conceptual, historical and information design analysis. Intelligence and national security, 34(5), 703-726. https://doi.org/10.1080/02684527.2019.1592841

Effective communication of information is essential to intelligence work. This paper identifies the main obstacles to good communication: policy-related challenges; cognitive impediments; resource limitations; cultural and structural issues within in... Read More about Handling and communicating intelligence information: a conceptual, historical and information design analysis.

The 2018 Nuclear Posture Review: A return to nuclear warfighting? (2019)
Journal Article
Lonsdale, D. J. (2019). The 2018 Nuclear Posture Review: A return to nuclear warfighting?. Comparative Strategy, 38(2), 98-117. https://doi.org/10.1080/01495933.2019.1573074

© 2019 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. The 2018 Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) represents a significant shift in U.S. nuclear weapons policy. Using Cold War vintage theory, this article assesses whether the NPR signals a return to nuclear warfighting. T... Read More about The 2018 Nuclear Posture Review: A return to nuclear warfighting?.

The impact of neglecting user-centered information design principles when delivering online information (2018)
Journal Article
Lonsdale, M., Lonsdale, D., & Lim, H. (2018). The impact of neglecting user-centered information design principles when delivering online information. Information Design Journal, 24(2), 151-177. https://doi.org/10.1075/idj.00005.san

Information design principles are overlooked in cyber security awareness websites. An Information Design Process Model was devised to help frame and interpret how online information is processed and the role information design principles have in faci... Read More about The impact of neglecting user-centered information design principles when delivering online information.

Warfighting for cyber deterrence: a strategic and moral imperative (2017)
Journal Article
Lonsdale, D. J. (2018). Warfighting for cyber deterrence: a strategic and moral imperative. Philosophy && Technology, 31(3), 409-429. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13347-017-0252-8

Theories of cyber deterrence are developing rapidly. However, the literature is missing an important ingredient—warfighting for deterrence. This controversial idea, most commonly associated with nuclear strategy during the later stages of the Cold Wa... Read More about Warfighting for cyber deterrence: a strategic and moral imperative.

Ordering and controlling the dimensions of strategy (2016)
Journal Article
Lonsdale, D. J. (2016). Ordering and controlling the dimensions of strategy. Defence Studies, 16(4), 390-407. https://doi.org/10.1080/14702436.2016.1228430

Colin Gray’s dimensions of strategy, built upon the earlier work of Clausewitz and Howard, has theoretical, practical, and pedagogic value for the Strategic Studies community. This paper further develops the theory, arguing that the dimensions can be... Read More about Ordering and controlling the dimensions of strategy.

Beyond just war : military strategy for the common good (2016)
Journal Article
Lonsdale, D. (2016). Beyond just war : military strategy for the common good. Journal of Military Ethics, 15(2), 100-121. https://doi.org/10.1080/15027570.2016.1207453

The objective of this paper is to move ethical discourse on military strategy beyond the confines of the established War Convention. This is achieved by utilizing the Common Good, a concept found in political philosophy and theology. The common good... Read More about Beyond just war : military strategy for the common good.