Distinguishing Acts of War in Cyberspace: Assessment Criteria, Policy Considerations, and Response Implications

Distinguishing Acts of War in Cyberspace: Assessment Criteria, Policy Considerations, and Response Implications
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Currently, there is no internationally accepted definition of when hostile actions in cyberspace are recognized as attacks, let alone acts of war. The goal of this monograph is to provide senior policymakers, decisionmakers, military leaders, and their respective staffs with essential background on this topic as well as to introduce an analytical framework for them to utilize according to their needs.

JEFFREY L. CATON is President of Kepler Strategies LLC, Carlisle, PA, a veteran-owned small business specializing in national security, cyberspace theory, and aerospace technology. He is also an Intermittent Professor of Program Management with the Defense Acquisition University. From 2007 to 2012, Mr. Caton served on the U.S. Army War College faculty, including as Associate Professor of Cyberspace Operations and Defense Transformation Chair. Over the past 5 years, he has presented lectures on cyberspace and space issues related to international security in the United States, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Estonia, and Kazakhstan, supporting programs such as the Partnership for Peace Consortium and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Cooperative Cyber Defence Center of Excellence. His current work includes research on cyberspace and space issues as part of the External Research Associates Program of the Strategic Studies Institute, as well as serving as a facilitator for Combined/Joint Land Force Component Commander courses at the Center for Strategic Leadership and Development. He served 28 years in the U.S. Air Force, working in engineering, space operations, joint operations, and foreign military sales, including command at the squadron and group level. Mr. Caton holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Virginia, a master’s degree in aeronautical engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology, and a master’s degree in strategic studies from the Air War College.

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This book may appeal to military leaders and personnel, U.S. policymakers, policy analysts, national security strategists, the intelligence community, and law enforcement. 

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  • Caton, Jeffery L.
2014: 123 p.
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  • Military Science
  • Compuiter Security
  • Cyberspace
  • Assessment Criteria, Policy Considerations, and Response Implications
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