May 26, 2011
Major evolutions in the global community’s use of cyberspace over the last ten years now pose complex and serious surprise challenges to the security of the US, its allies, modern maritime-land-air forces and national security institutions, and the wider international system’s relative distribution of power. National leaders have moved cyberspace’s threats to the top tier of national security concerns. Yet the rise of cybered threats has failed to produce consensus on definitions and preferences in strategies and institutional responses. In the interim, the initial framing of the problems and the national actions now being pursued are changing the problem itself and the likely future paths of conflict in a fully cybered globe. This week, a two-day workshop on “Cybered Conflict, Threat Perceptions, and Institutional Responses: A Comparative Analysis” has been hosted by the Strategic Research Department of the US Naval War College (NWC) and the Watson Institute, with support from the NWC’s National Security Decision Making Department.