Army Support of Military Cyberspace Operations: Joint Contexts and Global Escalation Implications
ARMY WAR COLLEGE CARLISLE BARRACKS PA STRATEGIC STUDIES INSTITUTE
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Military cyberspace operations have been ongoing since before the advent of the Internet, and their influence on traditional military operations continues to increase. What are the significant changes in mission and structure of Department of Defense offensive and defensive cyberspace activities over the past decade How do joint and Army cyberspace military operations fit into the complex and dynamic sphere of daily network defense as well as international deterrence and escalation To facilitate the operationalization of this new domain, education of the tenets of cyberspace must occur at the tactical, operational, and strategic levels of leadership. The persistent increase of cyberspace activities in global events continues to make international dynamics more complex. The scope of context for such matters needs to consider not just other military efforts or even other instruments of national power, but how they are presented in an escalation framework and where they may be going. This monograph posits that expanding deterrence forces to include conventional strike and cyber offense can add capability and credibility, as well as flexibility, to course-of-action development available for national command authorities. It also argues that cyberspace operations, such as automated cyber defense, can support and enhance deterrence operations and limited conflict as well as help control escalation and reduce risk.