Do the Principles of War Apply to Cyber War?
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES
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The purpose of this monograph is to examine whether the Principles of War, as defined in the U.S. militarys Joint Publication 3-0, Joint Operations, can be applied to cyber war. Since 2005, the U.S. military has recognized cyber conflict as a new domain in which to conduct military operations. Consequently, to ensure future success on the battlefield, commanders need to understand cyberspace operations and how these operations fit within the Principles of War. This paper first examines the history of the Principles of War. Such an examination is relevant because U.S. cyber policy and strategy are currently being developed, and the United States also is standing up a United States Cyber Command for the first time in history. Having carefully examined the Principles of War and their application to cyber operations, the author contends that the current Principles of War do apply to cyber war, and there is no need to create new Principles of War to apply exclusively to the cyber domain.
- Information Science
- Computer Systems
- Unconventional Warfare