Conflict and Cooperation in Cyberspace: The Challenge to National Security

Panayotis A Yannakogeorgos, Adam B Lowther

CRC Press
Published July 22, 2013
Reference - 360 Pages - 13 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781466592018 - CAT# K20542

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  • Investigates the concept of cyber power in the 21st century, what it means to wield it, and how this capability can be used to wage war
  • Supplies an insider’s view with contributions from Michael Hayden, former deputy director of national intelligence, plus experts from MIT, Rand Corp., Naval Postgraduate School, NSA, USAF, USMC, and others
  • Makes the case that cyberspace is far too specialized an area to be rolled up into the current branches of service


Conflict and Cooperation in Cyberspace: The Challenge to National Security brings together some of the world’s most distinguished military leaders, scholars, cyber operators, and policymakers in a discussion of current and future challenges that cyberspace poses to the United States and the world. Maintaining a focus on policy-relevant solutions, it offers a well-reasoned study of how to prepare for war, while attempting to keep the peace in the cyberspace domain.

The discussion begins with thoughtful contributions concerning the attributes and importance of cyberspace to the American way of life and global prosperity. Examining the truths and myths behind recent headline-grabbing malicious cyber activity, the book spells out the challenges involved with establishing a robust system of monitoring, controls, and sanctions to ensure cooperation amongst all stakeholders. The desire is to create a domain that functions as a trusted and resilient environment that fosters cooperation, collaboration, and commerce. Additionally, the book:

  • Delves into the intricacies and considerations cyber strategists must contemplate before engaging in cyber war
  • Offers a framework for determining the best ways to engage other nations in promoting global norms of behavior
  • Illustrates technologies that can enable cyber arms control agreements
  • Dispels myths surrounding Stuxnet and industrial control systems

General Michael V. Hayden, former director of the National Security Agency and the Central Intelligence Agency, begins by explaining why the policymakers, particularly those working on cyber issues, must come to understand the policy implications of a dynamic domain. Expert contributors from the Air Force Research Institute, MIT, the Rand Corporation, Naval Postgraduate School, NSA, USAF, USMC, and others examine the challenges involved with ensuring improved cyber security.

Outlining the larger ethical, legal, and policy challenges facing government, the private sector, civil society, and individual users, the book offers plausible solutions on how to create an environment where there is confidence in the ability to assure national security, conduct military operations, and ensure a vibrant and stable global economy.


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