Cyberpower and National Security

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Cyberpower and National Security

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Cyberpower and National Security (Franklin D. Kramer, Stuart H. Starr & Larry Wentz eds., 2009).

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Key Words

Botnet, Casus Belli, Computer Network Attack, COTS Software, Cyber Crime, Cyber Terrorism, Cyber Warfare, Department of Homeland Security, Digital [Cyber] Pearl Harbor, Hacktivism, Laws of War, National Cybersecurity Strategy (U.S.), Organized Crime, SCADA Systems


The cyber domain is undergoing extraordinary changes that present both exceptional opportunities to and major challenges for users of cyberspace. The challenges arise from the malevolent actors who use cyberspace and the many security vulnerabilities that plague this sphere. Exploiting opportunities and overcoming challenges will require a balanced body of knowledge on the cyber domain. Cyberpower and National Security assembles a group of experts and discusses pertinent issues in five areas. The first section provides a broad foundation and overview of the subject by identifying key policy issues, establishing a common vocabulary, and proposing an initial version of a theory of cyberpower. The second section identifies and explores possible changes in cyberspace over the next fifteen years by assessing cyber infrastructure and security challenges. The third section analyzes the potential impact of changes in cyberspace on the military and informational levers of power. The fourth section addresses the extent to which changes in cyberspace serve to empower key entities such as transnational criminals, terrorists, and nation-states. The final section examines key institutional factors, which include issues concerning governance, legal dimensions, critical infrastructure protection, and organization. Cyberpower and National Security frames the key issues concerned and identifies the important questions involved in building the human capacity to address cyber issues, balancing civil liberties with national security considerations, and developing the international partnerships needed to address cyber challenges.

Additional Notes and Highlights

Expertise required: None

Table of Contents


  • Part I. Foundation and Overview
    1. Cyberpower and National Security: Policy Recommendations for a Strategic Framework
      Franklin D. Kramer
    2. From Cyberspace to Cyberpower: Defining the Problem
      Daniel T. Kuehl
    3. Toward a Preliminary Theory of Cyberpower
      Stuart H. Starr
  • Part II. Cyberspace
    1. A Graphical Introduction to the Structural Elements of Cyberspace
      Elihu Zimet and Edward Skoudis
    2. Cyberspace and Infrastructure
      William D. O’Neil
    3. Evolutionary Trends in Cyberspace
      Edward Skoudis
    4. Information Security Issues in Cyberspace
      Edward Skoudis
    5. The Future of the Internet and Cyberpower
      Marjory S. Blumenthal and David D. Clark
    6. Information Technology and the Biotech Revolution
      Edward Skoudis
  • Part III. Cyberpower: Military Use and Deterrence
    1. An Environmental Approach to Understanding Cyberpower
      Gregory J. Rattray
    2. Military Cyberpower
      Martin C. Libicki
    3. Military Service Overview
      Elihu Zimet and Charles L. Barry
    4. Deterrence of Cyber Attacks
      Richard L. Kugler
  • Part IV. Cyberpower: Information
    1. Cyber Influence and International Security
      Franklin D. Kramer and Larry K. Wentz
    2. Tactical Influence Operations
      Stuart H. Starr
    3. I-Power: The Information Revolution and Stability Operations
      Franklin D. Kramer, Larry K. Wentz, and Stuart H. Starr
    4. Facilitating Stability Operations with Cyberpower
      Gerard J. Christman
  • Part V. Cyberpower: Strategic Problems
    1. Cyber Crime
      Clay Wilson
    2. Cyber Terrorism: Menace or Myth?
      Irving Lachow
    3. Nation-state Cyber Strategies: Examples from China and Russia
      Timothy L. Thomas
  • Part VI. Institutional Factors
    1. Internet Governance
      Harold Kwalwasser
    2. International Law and Information Operations
      Thomas C. Wingfield
    3. Cyberpower and Critical Infrastructure Protection: A Critical Assessment of Federal Efforts
      John A. McCarthy with Chris Burrow, Maeve Dion, and Olivia Pacheco
    4. Cyberpower from the Presidential Perspective
      Leon Fuerth

This book is sponsored by The National Defense University.