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Cyber Conflict

Chapter 11

Looks specifically at military issues in cyberspace, drawing parallels between cyber deterrence and nuclear deterrence, and delves into issues of arms races and arms control in the cyber environment.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this chapter, students will be able to:

  • Describe key terms related to cyber warfare including information warfare, advanced persistent threat, and crisis stability

  • Describe unique features of the cyber warfare environment

  • Discuss proposed solutions to regulating or decreasing conflict in the cyber environment including weapons bans, and the use of deterrence

Questions for Discussion

  1. Which nations do you regard as Great Powers in terms of their cyber capabilities? 

  2. What measures are you using to arrive at this estimate? 

  3. Do you think it is useful to attempt to rank states in this way?  Why or why not?

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