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Dominance Over OmniDimensional Battlespace: Network Centric Warfare as Polemos

Dominance Over OmniDimensional Battlespace: Network Centric Warfare as PolemosThroughout the centuries much debate has been made over the practice of War, the procedures that create the circumstances which lead to its employment, and the questioning of its inevitability in the contemporary world. Traditional warfighting has changed in the 1990s due to the rapid development of ICTs, leading into a whole new generation of warfare. The military must adapt or fail. Exponential increases in the availability of information are leading to an era of cheap information available to anyone, anywhere and the emergence of Network Centric Operations. This will vastly change the nature of the battlespaces and the nature of war itself. This whole procedure goes under the name of “Force Transformation” and has as an utter goal the Dominance over the Full Spectrum of Operations. So, the question to ponder is “Can Transformation be managed and if yes, how?”

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The Stuxnet Computer Worm: Harbinger of an Emerging Warfare Capability – CRS Report

The Stuxnet Computer Worm: Harbinger of an Emerging Warfare Capability - CRS ReportIn September 2010, media reports emerged about a new form of cyber attack that appeared to target Iran, although the actual target, if any, is unknown. Through the use of thumb drives in computers that were not connected to the Internet, a malicious software program known as Stuxnet infected computer systems that were used to control the functioning of a nuclear power plant. Once inside the system, Stuxnet had the ability to degrade or destroy the software on which it operated. Although early reports focused on the impact on facilities in Iran, researchers discovered that the program had spread throughout multiple countries worldwide.

From the perspective of many national security and technology observers, the emergence of the Stuxnet worm is the type of risk that threatens to cause harm to many activities deemed critical to the basic functioning of modern society. The Stuxnet worm covertly attempts to identify and exploit equipment that controls a nation’s critical infrastructure. A successful attack by a software application such as the Stuxnet worm could result in manipulation of control system code to the point of inoperability or long-term damage. Should such an incident occur, recovery from the damage to the computer systems programmed to monitor and manage a facility and the physical equipment producing goods or services could be significantly delayed. Depending on the severity of the attack, the interconnected nature of the affected critical infrastructure facilities, and government preparation and response plans, entities and individuals relying on these facilities could be without life sustaining or comforting services for a long period of time. The resulting damage to the nation’s critical infrastructure could threaten many aspects of life, including the government’s ability to safeguard national security interests.

Iranian officials have claimed that Stuxnet caused only minor damage to its nuclear program, yet the potential impact of this type of malicious software could be far-reaching. The discovery of the Stuxnet worm has raised several issues for Congress, including the effect on national security, what the government’s response should be, whether an international treaty to curb the use of malicious software is necessary, and how such a treaty could be implemented. Congress may also consider the government’s role in protecting critical infrastructure and whether new authorities may be required for oversight.

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Cyber Terrorism and Information Warfare: Threats and Responses

Cyber Terrorism and Information Warfare: Threats and Responses (Terrorism library series)Cyber terrorism is an emerging new mode of information warfare underscoring the perpetrators’ deliberate exploitation of civilian and military systems’ inherent vulnerabilities, thereby affecting national and global security. This volume includes contributions made by academics, policymakers, and professionals at seminars and conferences co-sponsored by the International Center for Terrorism Studies (Potomac Institute for Policy Studies), and the Terrorism Studies Center (The George Washington University), during the past several years. It also includes statements by key government officials and industry experts at different forums in the United States dealing with both threats and responses.

Included are the statements and assessments of James Adams, Edgar A. Adamson, Madeleine Albright, Mario Balakgie, Elizabeth Banker, Bill Clinton, Fred Cohen, James X. Dempsey, Dianne Feinstein, Kenneth Flamm, Louis J. Freeh, Gideon Frieder, Tom Fuhrman, Charles Giancarlo, Eric Holder, Feisal Keblawi, Jon Kyl, Neal Lane, Joseph Lieberman, Robert T. Marsh, Paul Misener, Roger Molander, Richard Pethia, Janet Reno, Howard Schmidt, Charles Schumer, Robert Shea, David L. Sobel, John Tritak, and Michael A. Vatis.

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The Cyber Commander’s eHandbook Version 3

CYBER WARFARE: The Cyber Commander's eHandbook Version 3 (The Weaponry and Strategies of Digital Conflict and Cyber War, Version 3 - 296 Page eBook covering Cyber Warfare, Cyber Terrorism, Cyber Tradecraft, Cyber Activism and offensive, defensive actions and intelligence collection.)

The Weaponry and Strategies of Digital Conflict and Cyber War, Version 3, covering Cyber Warfare, Cyber Terrorism, Cyber Tradecraft, Cyber Activism and offensive, defensive actions and intelligence collection.

Cyber warfare, cyber terrorism, cyber espionage and cyber crime are all growing threats. The 2012 Version 3 of the Cyber Commander’s eHandbook provides the insight needed to understand the new world of cyber warfare, as well as defines the tools and techniques for offensive and defensive cyber action, and provide cyber intelligence needed to understand the strategies behind building a dynamic and relevant cyber warfare capability.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 – Introduction
Chapter 2 – Setting the Stage
Chapter 3 – Cyber Espionage
Chapter 4 – Cyber Terrorism
Chapter 5 – Cyber Intelligence
Chapter 6 – Cyber Weapons
Chapter 7 – EMP Devices
Chapter 8 – Attack Process
Chapter 9 – Critical Infrastructure
Chapter 10 – Cyber Doctrine
Chapter 11 – Cyber Infrastructure
Chapter 12 – New Cyber Warfare Models
Chapter 13 – Conclusion

Portions of this book have been republished in 36 different countries with over 100,000 readers.

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Cyberwar: Point. Click. Destroy (Issues in Focus)

Cyberwar: Point. Click. Destroy (Issues in Focus)This digital document is an article from National Defense, published by National Defense Industrial Association on December 1, 2009. The length of the article is 2442 words. The page length shown above is based on a typical 300-word page. The article is delivered in HTML format and is available immediately after purchase. You can view it with any web browser.

Citation Details
Title: The unseen cyber-war: national-security infrastructure faces relentless cyberespionage campaign.(Cover story)
Author: Austin Wright
Publication: National Defense (Magazine/Journal)
Date: December 1, 2009
Publisher: National Defense Industrial Association
Volume: 94 Issue: 673 Page: 28(5)

Article Type: Cover story

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