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A Cyber Pearl Harbor

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Technical Report

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Air War College, Air University Maxwell AFB United States

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An alarmist school of thought that views cyber as a revolutionary innovation changing the nature of war is driving todays public narrative with claims that the United States is losing a cyber war or that a cyber Pearl Harbor is looming. Without critical analysis or debate and lacking a common lexicon for understanding the threats emanating from cyber, there is a danger for escalation to armed conflict or strategic investment in areas that do too little to mitigate the true threat faced by the United States. A more pragmatic school of thought views cyber as an evolution in technology guided by historical international relations, norms, and strategic logic and is forming a framework for keys concepts that stand to better inform US policy and strategy in cyber. In proposing a more strategically logical framework upon which to evaluate cyber threats, this paper suggests the United States focus must be primarily on cyber security.

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  • Computer Systems Management and Standards
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

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