Defend Our Cyberspace! Okay, but what IS it?
West Point cadets tested their cyber defense skills against veteran hackers from the National Security Agency and emerged victorious. The three-day 2011 Cyber Defense Exercise concluded April 22, 2011, giving the U.S. Military Academy its sixth win since the competition began in 2001, including a trifecta from 2007-09 (Photo: Mike Strasser, West Point Public Affairs)  



Jeffrey R. Schilling
Colonel, United States Army

USAWC Class of 2010

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 U.S. Department of the Army, the U.S. Department of Defense, or the U.S. Government.



In February 2009, the Obama Administration commissioned a 60-day review of the United States' cyber security. A near-term action recommended by the 60-day review was to prepare an updated national strategy to secure information and communications infrastructure.

This AY-10 student research paper author argues:

-- In order to accomplish this recommended near-term action, the United States must first develop a policy that defines our international cyberspace boundaries. This precursor action must happen before we can assign responsibilities and jurisdictions to government agencies, international bodies, and global corporations for the collective defense of cyberspace.

-- Currently, the United States has no policy that articulates a cyberspace boundary framework. Indentifying our national cyberspace boundaries is a fundamental step required before the United States can define hostile acts and intent by cyberspace adversaries and assign jurisdictions for a collective defense.

-- In order for the United States to execute a unilateral cyberspace response action against hostile actors, we must be able to declare that the hostile act or intent took place within our national cyberspace boundaries.

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