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Cyber Statecraft

Globe covered in binary codeIWP 663
Two credits

Cyber Statecraft is an introductory course on the importance of the cyber domain, a relatively new frontier whose significance cannot be understated, and for which a broader and deeper understanding is necessary if tomorrow’s strategic thinkers are to operate effectively.

The course will examine the history and evolution of the technologies, laws, and policies that today shape the cyber environment, as well as the many threats – current and emerging – that affect the security of the United States.

Cyber Statecraft examines five distinct “cyber domains” (military, intelligence, law enforcement, homeland security, and the commercial/private sector) and their competing interests as well as the strategic planning efforts undertaken to address them both separately and collectively.

Case studies of cyber operations are presented so students can both appreciate the real-world challenges of bringing theories into practice and better understand what some are now calling the “cool war.” The course is designed intentionally to showcase demonstrations and promote web-based learning – to take advantage of the benefits of the cyber domain.

Finally, students will participate in a class-wide exercise to develop an integrated, U.S. cyber security strategy. This exercise will test one’s skills as a 21st century strategist who must manage crises when they emerge and shape them to one’s advantage – the cornerstone of mastering statecraft.

The course will be taught in a combined lecture-demonstration-seminar format. Students will be expected to complete all assigned readings before each class and be prepared to discuss them during the seminar portion, especially with guest speakers. Students will be encouraged to venture beyond the readings and to pursue research topics of interest to them as they prepare their writing assignments.