Cyberwar

MWI – Who Says Cyber Warriors Need to Wear a Uniform? – 23 March 2018

https://mwi.usma.edu/says-cyber-warriors-need-wear-uniform/ There is no question the cyber skillset is increasingly in demand for the Department of Defense. Cyberspace has been acknowledged as an independent warfare domain in US doctrine, and NATO has followed suit. Cyber attacks on US systems are steadily ascending, and the need for investment in systems, infrastructure,…


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New York Times – A Tillerson Slip Offers a Peek Into Secret Planning on North Korea -17 December 2017

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/17/us/politics/tillerson-north-korea-china.html This is a breathtaking public acknowledgement by a senior US Government official, notwithstanding OCT 2017 reportage that: North Korean hackers were reportedly able to obtain a copy of the U.S. military’s OPLAN 5015. This is a detailed outline for what has been described as a “decapitation strike,” that would,…



War on the Rocks – ARE CYBER WEAPONS TOO DANGEROUS TO USE? – 22 August 2017

https://warontherocks.com/2017/08/are-cyber-weapons-too-dangerous-to-use/ The upshot is that it is possible for states to go on the offensive in cyberspace without undermining cybersecurity. Unlike ice-nine, the tools the United States creates to fight in this realm do not appear, at least so far, to be uncontrollable. There may be good reasons to eschew…


War on the Rocks – U.S. CYBER COMMAND NOW STANDS TALLER, BUT CAN IT SEE FURTHER? – 21 August 2017

https://warontherocks.com/2017/08/u-s-cyber-command-now-stands-taller-but-can-it-see-further/ The many internal studies of Cyber Command’s future over the last five years have taken significant energy. Now that the decision is finally made, the focus will turn to implementation — with dozens of practical questions for the department to answer in the next one to five years. What…


Statement by President Donald J. Trump on the Elevation of Cyber Command – 18 August 2017

https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/08/18/statement-donald-j-trump-elevation-cyber-command I have directed that United States Cyber Command be elevated to the status of a Unified Combatant Command focused on cyberspace operations. This new Unified Combatant Command will strengthen our cyberspace operations and create more opportunities to improve our Nation’s defense. The elevation of United States Cyber Command demonstrates…


CERL Presents: Foreign Interference with Democratic Institutions featuring the 2017 Haaga Lecture – 18 April 2017

This event will be webcast beginning at 12:30pm ET on Tuesday, April 18, 2017. Please click here to watch the live stream at that time: https://pennlaw.hosted.panopto.com/Panopto/Pages/Embed.aspx?id=e2128eb1-0b5b-4022-beac-3814d7edf130 https://www.law.upenn.edu/institutes/cerl/conferences/foreigninterference/ The discovery of widespread attempts to influence the 2016 Presidential election in the U.S. on the part of the Russians has sent shockwaves…



Lawfare – Terrorists, Insurgents, Something Else? Clarifying and Classifying the “Generational Challenge” – 15 January 2017

https://www.lawfareblog.com/terrorists-insurgents-something-else-clarifying-and-classifying-generational-challenge “Our hope is that our taxonomy of VNSAs (Violent Non State Actors) can help analysts and scholars to better conceptualize the range of VNSA types and the relationships among them. They are too often lumped together as “terrorist” groups, but as this spectrum makes clear, doing so oversimplifies the…


GRIZZLY STEPPE – Russian Malicious Cyber Activity (and assessments and responses)

I https://www.us-cert.gov/sites/default/files/publications/JAR_16-20296.pdf “Today, I have ordered a number of actions in response to the Russian government’s aggressive harassment of U.S. officials and cyber operations aimed at the U.S. election. These actions follow repeated private and public warnings that we have issued to the Russian government, and are a necessary and appropriate…