Deterrence: Rising Powers, Rogue Regimes, and Terrorism in by A. Lowther

By A. Lowther

This quantity strikes past chilly conflict deterrence concept to teach the numerous ways that deterrence is acceptable to modern defense: in house, in our on-line world, and opposed to non-state actors. It additionally examines the position of nuclear deterrence within the twenty-first century and reaches superb conclusions.

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Air superiority had to be established in varying degrees in different geographical areas to ensure overall mission accomplishment. As we mature our understanding of military operations in cyberspace, a number of questions arise. For example, what does cyberspace superiority really mean, and how is it achieved? How can and should we deter attacks in and through cyberspace against our national interests? Assuming that deterrence fails, how do we conduct operations (“fight through”) in a contested cyberspace environment?

While the laws of physics have not changed in 30 years, their technical applications have changed. In cyberspace, technological change brings new capabilities and threats at the same time it obsoletes current ones. Cyberspace Is Nongeographic Possibly, the aspect of cyberspace most challenging for the application of traditional concepts is that cyberspace has no geographic dimensions or boundaries. For millennia, nearly all aspects of warfare have been intimately tied to geography. Strategic advantage, doctrine, success, failure, the element of surprise, and many other characteristics and results of warfare have depended on geographic features.

Military commanders realize that space dominance can no longer be assumed. ” Space systems are vulnerable to a variety of attack vectors, including electronic jamming, dazzling, and debris fields causing kinetic destruction. Cyberspace is similar, and perhaps even more complicated, because the cost of entry for a cyberspace actor is much lower than for space. Costs include gaining the required technical expertise, the ability to command and control attacks, and the time to develop attack capabilities as well as the monetary costs to participate in the given domain.

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