Operations in Cyberspace: Theory, Politics, Law


Col. I.N. DYLEVSKY, Candidate of Military Sciences

Col S.A. KOMOV (Res.), Doctor of Military Sciences

Maj. Gen. S.V. KOROTKOV (Res.), Candidate of Military Sciences


Abstract. The authors offer an analysis of unclassified documents of the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) on organization and conduct of operations in cyberspace, which are a new chapter in the theory of military art.

Keywords: cyberspace, global information grid, cyber intelligence, cyber attack, cyber defense, cyber support, operations in cyberspace.

According to U.S. military strategists, cyberspace* is a global domain within the confines of the information environment comprising an interlinked network of information technology infrastructures, including the Internet, telecommunications networks, computer systems, and embedded processors and controllers.1

Cyberspace is formed by interconnected computer and data transfer systems that store, process, and transmit any information using their software and hardware. Cyberspace is set up, maintained, and operated by private, nongovernmental, and government operators active around the world. Cyberspace changes rapidly with advance of information technologies, the structure of computer networks, and information collection, transmission, reception, and storage techniques. It crosses geopolitical boundaries and is closely integrated into the functions of critical national infrastructures and national security systems.

Cyberspace gives armed forces a high degree of mobility that depends on the quality of information going into decision-making and information transfer speed just short of the speed of light. On the one hand, cyberspace offers favor-

* Two closely associated concepts, "cyberspace" and "operations in cyberspace" were added to the U.S. military and political vocabulary in the late 2000s. They relatively soon became the mainstay of a new chapter in the American military art theory that can be termed tentatively "organization and conduct of operations in cyberspace."

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able conditions to the U.S. Armed Forces for conducting efficient military operations on land, at sea, and in the air and space. On the other ...

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