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Whither Balance?
Cyberspace Content, Cognition, Connectivity?
 
A squad of Soldiers work in a computer lab at an NCO Academy Warrior Leaders Course. (Photo: Christian Marquardt -- Joint Multinational Training Command)

 

 

ATTACK OR DEFEND?
LEVERAGING INFORMATION AND BALANCING RISK IN CYBERSPACE

Dennis Murphy
Director, Information Warfare Group
Center for Strategic Leadership

The views expressed in the document are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the U.S. Army War College, the Department of the Army, the Department of Defense, or the U.S. Government.

 

SUMMARY

Past U.S. policies regarding cyberspace favored "active defense" over offensive "maneuver." While a recent policy change points to a potentially significant shift in that equation, the question remains whether the military will embrace the organizational change necessary to balance the need to protect networks while going on the ideological offensive its adversaries have embraced. In this recently revised Military Review article, the author argues that, in the end, leaders must weigh the risks involved to achieve a balance to compete effectively in the information battlespace.

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