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Volume 27 Issue 1, Jan-Feb 2013

Senior Leader Perspective

Some Reflections on the Intersection of Law and Ethics in Cyber War
Some Reflections on the Intersection of Law and Ethics in Cyber War

Maj Gen Charles J. Dunlap Jr., USAF, Retired
 
Few security issues have captured the attention of the public as has the specter of cyber war. In a recent op-ed, President Obama warns that “the cyber threat to our nation is one of the most serious economic and national security challenges we... 


Cyber Professionals in the Military and Industry—Partnering in Defense of the Nation: A Conversation between Maj Gen Suzanne Vautrinot, Commander, Twenty-Fourth Air Force, and Mr. Charles Beard, Chief Information Officer, Science Applications International Corporation
Cyber Professionals in the Military and Industry—Partnering in Defense of the Nation: A Conversation between Maj Gen Suzanne Vautrinot, Commander, Twenty-Fourth Air Force, and Mr. Charles Beard, Chief Information Officer, Science Applications International Corporation

 
This article, which details a conversation between two of our nation’s cyber leaders, examines the increasing opportunities and vulnerabilities in the cyberspace domain and emphasizes the shared responsibility between government and industry in... 


Feature Articles

Refocusing Cyber Warfare Thought
Refocusing Cyber Warfare Thought

Maj Sean C. Butler, USAF
 
Although military cyber theory has come a long way in the past decade, we have a persistent, natural tendency to see cyberspace as a physical environment and apply war-fighting principles from the other traditional operational domains. To establish... 


The Interim Years of Cyberspace
The Interim Years of Cyberspace

1st Lt Robert M. Lee, USAF
 
This article examines lessons learned from airpower during the interim years between the two world wars and applies them to the current state of the cyberspace domain. It argues that this domain is currently in an interim period and needs proper... 


In Defense of the Defense: The Continuing Political Value of 'Denial of Enemy Aims'
In Defense of the Defense: The Continuing Political Value of "Denial of Enemy Aims"

Dr. Michael Ryan Kraig
 
This article seeks to answer one very large question: how should the United States prepare to use military power during peacetime deterrence, protracted crises, and even war to resolve conflicting interests with another powerful state, such as... 


The Symbiotic Relationship between the Air Force's Active and Reserve Components: Ensuring the Health of the Total Force
The Symbiotic Relationship between the Air Force's Active and Reserve Components: Ensuring the Health of the Total Force

Col Bruce K. Johnson, USAF / Lt Col Scott Kniep, USAF / Mr. Sean F. Conroy
 
The authors introduce the concept of a symbiotic relationship between the active component (AC) and reserve component (RC) of the Air Force. This relationship elevates the debate over the cost of components to a broader system-level dialogue focused... 


Views

(Cyber Focus) A Case for a Cyberspace Combatant Command: Blending Service and Combatant Command Responsibilities and Authorities
(Cyber Focus) A Case for a Cyberspace Combatant Command: Blending Service and Combatant Command Responsibilities and Authorities

Lt Col Shawn M. Dawley, ANG
 
This article examines the continual evolution of cyber operations and considers how restructuring within the Department of Defense could promote fuller exploitation of the spectrum of roles and missions within warfare’s newest domain. Much the way... 


A New Chief of Staff, a Golden Opportunity: Building the Right Force over the Next Decade
A New Chief of Staff, a Golden Opportunity: Building the Right Force over the Next Decade

Maj Timothy B. Murphy, USAF
 
As the US military shifts its focus to Asia in the midst of fiscal uncertainty, the Air Force must avoid the temptation to refocus exclusively on conventional missions. The attainment of national security objectives will still depend upon successful... 


Historical Highlights

Computer Security: The Achilles' Heel of the Electronic Air Force?
Computer Security: The Achilles' Heel of the Electronic Air Force?

Lt Col Roger R. Schell
 
This article from the January-February 1979 issue of Air University Review was selected to complement the cyberspace focus of the current issue. Lieutenant Colonel Schell reveals how security has been the defining issue for this man-made... 


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