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A Framework for Synthesizing the United States Code in Support of Cyberspace Operations

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Technical Report

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Naval Postgraduate School Monterey United States

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In recent years, federal agencies and organizations have witnessed their jurisdictionsconverge in a number of areas that support U.S. national security. For operations that relyheavily upon information technology, the complexity associated with clarifying statutory authorityhas been met with inconsistent responses. Attempts to comprehend the technologicalimplications of these operations has been accompanied by a shift in seeing the United StatesCode U.S.C. as providing mutually exclusive authorities to government entities operating incyberspace. While many recognize that cyberspace poses new and unique challenges to intertitleoperations, it is unclear whether this de facto shift in the application of U.S.C. statutes isnecessary. The U.S.C. has a limited number of exclusionary distinctions de jure, which isattested to by a long history of inter-title cooperation that efficiently and effectively supportsgovernment operations. Most of the concerns over the United States Code can be appropriatelycategorized in terms of oversight and compliance requirements, fiscal controls, and statutoryresponsibilities. This thesis addresses these statutory concerns and culminates with a planningframework that can be used to enable military and other government agencies to supportmultiple title authorities cooperating seamlessly to effectively plan and execute cyberspaceoperations.

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  • Computer Systems

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