Resistance Is Not Futile: The Case Against a Cyber Arms Treaty
Air War College Air University Maxwell AFB United States
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An inherently flexible medium, cyberspace is controlled more by market forces and popular trends than by formal regulation attempts. Cyberspace is a medium so integrated with modern life that in a growing number of countries it serves as a foundation for many capabilitiesincluding critical infrastructures. Given the lack of security built into the framework of the Internet, it is no surprise that highly connected nation statesthose with a heavy reliance on cyber integrated into their critical infrastructuresfear cyber weapons. As a result, nation states desire to impose limits on development of cyber weapons. Since the late 1990s, some states have lobbied for an international cyber arms treaty.