A Case for Principles of Cyberspace Operations
NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT
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The requirement to conduct deliberate military operations in the cyberspace domain is a relatively recent addition to the U.S. armed forces mission set yet joint doctrine for the planning and execution of operations within cyberspace has not been published. This paper concludes specific principles for cyberspace operations should be developed to serve as the foundation from which the doctrine can be developed. The case supporting this conclusion is grounded on a number of key points. First, the current principles of war are not as timeless and universal as they are often perceived to be. Second, there is a precedent within U.S. joint doctrine for establishing operation and domain-specific principles. Finally, an examination of the cyberspace attack on Georgia in 2008 illustrates how a principle called precision would be more useful for planning and executing cyberspace operations than the traditional principle mass. The paper concludes by recommending U.S. Cyber Command lead the development of a tailored set of principles of cyberspace operations which will serve to guide the planning and execution of joint operations in cyberspace with the ultimate objective of enabling U.S. forces to retain freedom of action while denying the same to our adversaries.
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