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Understanding Cyber Conflict: 14 Analogies

Narrated by: Robert Parson
Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
Categories: History, Military

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Cyberweapons and the possibility of cyber conflict - including interference in foreign political campaigns, industrial sabotage, attacks on infrastructure, and combined military campaigns - require policymakers, scholars, and citizens to rethink 21st-century warfare. Yet because cyber capabilities are so new and continually developing, there is little agreement about how they will be deployed, how effective they can be, and how they can be managed.

Authored by leading scholars, the 14 case studies in this volume will help policymakers, scholars, and students make sense of contemporary cyber conflict through historical analogies to past military technological problems. 

The chapters are divided into three groups. The first - "What Are Cyber Weapons Like?" - examines the characteristics of cyber capabilities and how their use for intelligence gathering, signaling, and precision striking compares with earlier technologies for such missions. The second section - "What Might Cyber Wars Be Like?" - explores how lessons from several wars since the early 19th century, including the World Wars, could apply - or not apply - to cyber conflict in the 21st century. The final section - "What Is Preventing and/or Managing Cyber Conflict Like?" - offers lessons from past cases of managing threatening actors and technologies.

©2017 Georgetown University Press (P)2019 Redwood Audiobooks

Critic reviews

"A must read for anyone who wants to master the complexities of this new space." (Michael Hayden, former director, Central Intelligence Agency and National Security Agency)

"The book is must reading for scholars, students, analysts, and policymakers involved in this complex and rapidly growing and changing threat." (Michael Morrell, former acting director and deputy director, Central Intelligence Agency) 

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