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Cybersecurity and Deterrence

U.S. Cyber Infiltration of the Russian Electric Grid: Implications for Deterrence

The New York Times reported on June 15 that “the United States is stepping up digital incursions into Russia’s electric power grid in a warning to President Vladimir V. Putin.” In particular, the Times reported that the United States has deployed code “inside Russia’s grid and other targets”—that is, “potentially crippling malware inside the Russian system, ...

CYBERCOM

Should NSA and CYBERCOM Split? The Legal and Policy Hurdles as They Developed Over the Past Year

In light of Michael Sulmeyer’s excellent recent piece on splitting NSA and CYBERCOM, which ran at War on the Rocks last week, I want to pull together some of the key legal and policy developments of the past year in a single narrative. My aim is to put them in context with each other in a way that will provide useful background for those new to this issue, while also putting a spotlight on the deconfliction-of-equities issue that the split proposal raises.

Rational Security

Rational Security: The "We're Golden" Edition

The Rational Security gang starts the year with our 50th episode. Kim Jong-un says North Korea tested a hydrogen bomb. The Russians may have caused a blackout in Ukraine with a cyber attack. And President Obama plans to do a lot of foreign travel in his final year in office. Plus, did the North Korean leader show up at my climbing gym in Rockville? Are embassies skimping on holiday gifts? And a new book about . . . lawfare.

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