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Nuclear Deterrence in Cyber-ia: Challenges and Controversies

Although nuclear and cyber issues might seem to belong in separate compartments, current US military activity and prospective challenges suggest that “nuclear” and “cyber” topics may achieve certain congruities. For its success, nuclear deterrence requires secure networks for the command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance related to nuclear warning, alert, and response. Nuclear crisis management assumes the availability of channels for communication and control that are not destroyed or disrupted by malware. State or nonstate actors with cyber skills might attempt to create a false warning of nuclear attack or to simulate authorization for nuclear release. Cyber deterrence is probably more nuanced than nuclear deterrence, and some experts doubt that “deterrence” applies at all to cyber activities.

Read the full article over at ASPJ: http://www.airpower.au.af.mil/article.asp?id=333

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