Wars of Disruption and Resilience: Cybered Conflict, Power, and National Security by Chris DemchakWars of Disruption and Resilience: Cybered Conflict, Power, and National Security by Chris Demchak

Wars of Disruption and Resilience: Cybered Conflict, Power, and National Security

byChris Demchak

Paperback | September 15, 2011

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Increasingly, the power of a large, complex, wired nation like the United States rests on its ability to disrupt would-be cyber attacks and to be resil­ient against a successful attack or recurring campaign. Addressing the con­cerns of both theorists and those on the national security front lines, Chris C. Demchak presents a unified strategy for survival in an interconnected, ever-messier, more surprising cybered world and examines the institutional adaptations required of our defense, intelligence, energy, and other critical sectors for national security.

Demchak introduces a strategy of "security resilience" against surprise attacks for a cybered world that is divided between modern, digitally vulner­able city-states and more dysfunctional global regions. Its key concepts build on theories of international relations, complexity in social-technical systems, and organizational-institutional adaptation. Demchak tests the strategy for reasonableness in history's few examples of states disrupting rather than conquering and being resilient to attacks, including ancient Athens and Sparta, several British colonial wars, and two American limited wars. She applies the strategy to modern political, social, and technical challenges and presents three kinds of institutional adaptation that predicate the success of the security resilience strategy in response. Finally, Demchak discusses implications for the future including new forms of cyber aggression like the Stuxnet worm, the rise of the cyber-command concept, and the competition between the U.S. and China as global cyber leaders.

Wars of Disruption and Resilience offers a blueprint for a national cyber-power strategy that is long in time horizon, flexible in target and scale, and practical enough to maintain the security of a digitized nation facing violent cybered conflict.

Chris C. Demchak is an associate professor in the Strategic Research Department at the U.S. Naval War College. She is the author of Military Organizations, Complex Machines: Modernization in the U.S. Armed Services, coauthor of Lessons of the Gulf War: Ascendant Technology and Declining Capability, and coeditor of Designing Resilience:...
Title:Wars of Disruption and Resilience: Cybered Conflict, Power, and National SecurityFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9.02 × 6.03 × 0.8 inPublished:September 15, 2011Publisher:University Of Georgia PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0820340677

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Globalization and Spread of Cybered Conflict
Emerging Uncivil Cybered International System
Challenge to International Relations Theory
Syncretic Reframing: Security Resilience Strategy for a Cybered World
Security Resilience Strategy: Linking Framework and Tools
Chapter 2. History's Experiments in Security Resilience
Case Studies of City-State Security Strategies
Greek and Italian City-State Wars of Disruption
British and U.S. Small Wars of Disruption
Lessons for Disruption in a Security Resilience Strategy
Chapter 3. Challenges in a New Strategy for Cybered Threats
Political Acceptance of Cybered Threat in Democratic City-States
Technical Design for Cybered Conflict
Operational Constraints on Implementation of Disruption
Chapter 4. Institutional Design for Cybered Power and National Security
Honest Joint Consultation--Knowledge Nexus
Comprehensive Data--Privacy in Behavior-Based Adaptations
Collaborative Actionable Knowledge--the Atrium Model
Gathering What Exists Today
Chapter 5: Disruption and Resilience for National Security and Power in a Cybered World
Marks of the New Cybered Age: Sovereignty, Disruption, and Resilience
Inklings of the Future: The Rise of the Cybercommand
Adapting the Social Contract for Cybered Uncertainty

Editorial Reviews

Wars of Disruption and Resilience is a pick for any collection strong in political and international affairs and debates an issue key to any discussion of security. It provides an assessment of the cyberfront of conflict and blends technological and security issues with stories to address the issues of the field. From the importance of vulnerability of technology in developed countries to what can be done to fortify information societies against cyber criminals, this is a powerful assessment of world cyberpower and its vulnerabilities. - Midwest Book Review