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    Based on the readings about maritime, nuclear and airpower theory from WS and AP, do you see any applicability of these concepts toward a theory of cyber power? Why or why not?

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    Based on the readings about maritime, nuclear and airpower theory from WS and AP,
    do you see any applicability of these concepts toward a theory of cyber power?
    Why or why not?

    What I will do here is give some ideas, papers and quotes to get you started. I summarize it all at the end relative to naval, nuclear and air power issues.

    There are some excellent papers on Cyberpower Theory:
    http://www.au.af.mil/au/ssq/2011/summer/sheldon.pdf
    and
    Towards an Evolving Theory of Cyberpower, S. Starr (NATO Cyberdefense)
    http://www.ccdcoe.org/publications/virtualbattlefield/02_STARR_Cyberpower.pdf

    Of course, as I'm sure you know, the Tallinn Manual is a must:
    The Tallinn Manual on the International Law Applicable to Cyber Warfare
    http://www.ccdcoe.org/tallinn-manual.html

    Then the Nye work:
    http://belfercenter.ksg.harvard.edu/files/cyber-power.pdf

    The Defense Department essentially defined this idea as the existence of a network of infrastructure dedicated to telecommunications or key industries.
    There are many places to go here. Here are just a few:
    Relative to air, the integration of enhanced digital communications with all other elements of mission control can reduce loss. This is especially the case when other factors make the mission very difficult.
    The Starr paper features this quote:

    In the environmental theories of power, emphasis was placed on controlling key features. For example, in naval theories this entailed the control of key "choke points" (e.g., the Straits of Malacca), while in space power, there was interest in controlling key geosynchronous orbit locations. In the case of cyberspace, the key features of interest are man-made. Thus, for example, there is interest in defending "cyber ...

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    Cyber warfare has parallels with naval and air strategy, but much less with nuclear approaches. Attached as Word.

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