On Glitchkriege: Strategy in the Cyber-Age
AIR UNIV MAXWELL AFB AL SCHOOL OF ADVANCED AIR AND SPACE STUDIES
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The steady growth of the strategic significance of cyberspace has disconcerted politicians, international relations specialists and military strategists alike. Indeed, its characteristics make a direct application of the respective knowledge of these groups at least uneasy, at most impossible. To make the matter worse, no single theory of cyberpower has reached academic consensus. The purpose of this thesis, therefore, is to draft a theory of cyberspace strategy it is wholly focused on the exertion of violence through cyberspace in pursuance of political outcomes. This end motivated the structure of this document. This intellectual journey explicitly aimed at examining the extent to which existing knowledge of international politics and of general military strategy could inform strategy in cyberspace. It concluded that they can apply if the characteristics these fields of study manipulate are correctly interpreted in cyberspace. Coming to that conclusion required an extensive analysis.
- Government and Political Science