Maneuver Warfare in Cyberspace
MARINE CORPS COMMAND AND STAFF COLL QUANTICO VA
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A new environment for warfare is emerging in the information age, but the strategic implications of this phenomenon have not been recognized. New technology is heralding a Revolution in Military Affairs that has the potential to enhance strategic capabilities and create a cyberspace arms race. The dynamism of the era raises vital issues such as the focus of national leadership and the validity of national security and military strategies. Russias response to the information age highlights the potential for challenges to the existing military balance of power and global security. Paradoxically, the United States is increasingly vulnerable to information warfare as the information age progresses and cyberspace expands. Analysis reveals an alarming reality there is a gap between the emerging information age environment and concomitant development in doctrine, capabilities, and strategies for information warfare at the strategic level. Cyberspace has emerged as a new environment for warfare, yet there is a doctrinal vacuum for this form of warfare. To help redress the situation, a conceptual framework and doctrine for warfare in cyberspace is required. As a corollary, a three-tier strategy is required prior to initiating capability development 1 Strategic direction and guidance are required to mobilize the efforts of all government departments and agencies 2 National security and military strategies must outline a response to the threats and opportunities of cyber warfare and 3 the Department of Defenses offensive and defensive responsibilities, parameters, and capabilities for strategic information warfare need to be clearly articulated. Overall, the paper seeks to anticipate the changes in the character of war and advocate for capability development to conduct offensive and defensive maneuvers in cyberspace.
- Information Science
- Government and Political Science
- Military Forces and Organizations
- Space Warfare