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International Conflict and Cyberspace Superiority

Theory and Practice, 1st Edition

By William D. Bryant


240 pages

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This book examines cyberspace superiority in nation-state conflict from both a theoretical and a practical perspective.

This volume analyses superiority concepts from the domains of land, maritime, and air to build a model that can be applied to cyberspace. Eight different cyberspace conflicts between nation states are examined and the resulting analysis is combined with theoretical concepts to present the reader with a conclusion. Case studies include the conflict between Russia and Estonia (2007), North Korea and the US and South Korea (2009) and Saudi Arabia and Iran in the Aramco attack (2012). The book uses these case studies to examine cyberspace superiority as an analytical framework to understand conflict in this domain between nation-states. Furthermore, the book makes the important distinction between local and universal domain superiority, and presents a unique model to relate this superiority in all domains, as well as a more detailed model of local superiority in cyberspace. Through examining the eight case studies, the book develops a rigorous system to measure the amount of cyberspace superiority achieved by a combatant in a conflict, and seeks to reveal if cyberspace superiority proves to be a significant advantage for military operations at the tactical, operational, and strategic levels.

This book will be of much interest to students of cyber-conflict, strategic studies, national security, foreign policy and IR in general.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. Elements of Domain Superiority from the Other Domains 3. Cyberspace Domain Characteristics 4. Local Cyberspace Superiority 5. Measuring Cyberspace Superiority 6. Cyberspace Superiority Case Studies 7. Conclusions

About the Author

William D. Bryant is a career fighter pilot and has a PhD from the School of Advanced Air and Space Studies, Maxwell, USA.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Conflict, Security and Technology

The Studies in Conflict, Technology and Security series aims to publish challenging studies that map the terrain of technology and security from a range of disciplinary perspectives, offering critical perspectives on the issues that concern publics, business and policymakers in a time of rapid and disruptive technological change.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Military / General
HISTORY / Military / Strategy
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / International Security
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / General