This book is a plausibility probe that examines cyberwarfare (CyW) issues as they relate to the Sino-U.S. relationship, particularly the People’s Republic of China’s (PRC) CyW capabilities and strategy and associated implications for U.S. national security. It argues that the PRC is investing in CyW capabilities capable of not only robust intelligence collection but also to achieve major military effects in deterrence, limited, and total war scenarios. In light of PRC capabilities and the U.S. reliance on the cyber domain, U.S. vulnerabilities remain significant and must be vigorously addressed.
Former secretary of defense Leon Panetta once described cyber warfare as “the most serious threat in the twenty-first century,” capable of destroying our entire infrastructure and crippling the nation.
Already, major cyber attacks have affected countries around the world: Estonia in 2007, Georgia in 2008, Iran in 2010, and most recently the United States. As with other methods of war, cyber technology can be used not only against military forces and facilities but also against civilian targets. Information technology has enabled a new method of warfare that is proving extremely difficult to combat, let alone defeat.
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