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Cyber War in a Small War Environment
by Hermann, Rory Michael, Jr., M.S., Utica College, 2017, 56; 10271200
Abstract (Summary)

This paper discusses applying cyber warfare techniques to small war environments. Small wars do not carry the prestige of larger, more traditional campaigns; additionally, most small wars involve non-state actors whose technological means are limited, thus reducing the impact of cyber operations against them. Yet, small wars are very common throughout the history of the United States, and the traditionally-postured military struggled with them in the high-profile examples of Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Furthermore, the ease of entry into modern computing allows irregular forces equipped with an off-the-shelf laptop to perform cyberspace operations of one form or another. Not examining cyber war in the context of small wars needlessly blinds friendly forces to the threat posed by technologically inferior opponents and restricts what could otherwise be a potent tool. This paper covers several commonalities between small wars and cyber war; after they are established, it recommends methods to push cyber warfare to the tactical level and enhance the understanding of cyber operations in focused environments.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Orbinati, Albert
Commitee: Letteer, Ray
School: Utica College
Department: Cybersecurity
School Location: United States -- New York
Source: MAI 56/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Information Technology, Military studies
Keywords: Cyber war, Cybersecurity, Cyberspace operations, Small wars, Terrorism
Publication Number: 10271200
ISBN: 978-1-369-71770-9
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