As its name implies, the 2018 US Department of Defense Defend Forward strategy is principally reactive. The strategy assumes that the United States will continue to suffer harm from competitors and malign actors through cyberspace. Accordingly, it outlines US reactions in order to preempt threats, defeat ongoing harm, and deter future harm.
Professor Eric Talbot Jensen is the Robert W. Barker Professor of Law at Brigham Young University Law School. He has been teaching law for over ten years after serving in the U.S. government. He recently served as the Special Counsel to the General Counsel of the Department of Defense in 2016 and 2017.
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Speaking at Brigham Young University, Defense Department General Counsel Paul Nye offered the most-detailed defense we have yet seen of the Soleimani airstrike, addressing both international and domestic law as well as the underlying facts.