Richard J. Harknett

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Dr. Richard J. Harknett is Professor and Head of the Department of Political Science at the University of Cincinnati. In 2017, he was an inaugural Fulbright Scholar in Cyber Studies at Oxford University and in 2016 served as the inaugural Scholar-in-Residence at US Cyber Command and the National Security Agency, where he assisted at the Command in examining strategic approaches to cyberspace. He was consulted, along with others in government and academia, in the drafting of the new strategy. Recent publication includes, “Deterrence is Not a Credible Strategy for Cyberspace,” Orbis Summer 2017, with Michael Fischerkeller.

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Cybersecurity and Deterrence

A Response on Persistent Engagement and Agreed Competition

In a recent Lawfare essay, Jim Miller and Neal Pollard offer an important and positive assessment of the strategy of persistent engagement, a strategic approach designed to thwart adversary cyberspace campaigns by continuously anticipating and exploiting vulner

Cybersecurity and Deterrence

United States Cyber Command’s New Vision: What It Entails and Why It Matters

The United States Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM) has released effectively a new command strategy (formally called a “Command Vision,” although it addresses ends, ways and means), anchored on the recognition that the cyberspace domain has changed in fundamental ways since the Command was established in 2009. Drawing on its experience over the past eight years, the Command offers a new approach that aligns with the strategic realities within which it must successfully operate.