On October 3-4, 2016, I was privileged to be invited to attend and speak at the annual conference organized by the Staff Judge Advocate for USCYBERCOM, Colonel Gary Corn. I attended the two unclassified days of the conference (two days of classified discussion followed). Fellow Lawfare bloggers Bobby Chesney and Carrie Cordero were also in attendance. The conference was under Chatham House rules but with the organizer’s kind permission, I wanted to blog a few of the most salient insights (from my own idiosyncratic perspective) derived from the two days of discussion I observed:
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The New York Times has a report today that is a comprehensive look at Russian disinformation campaigns. It begins:
As I mentioned earlier, this past week I was privileged to attend a conference on the State of the Field in the study of Cyber Conflict sponsored by the Columbia School of International and Public Affairs and the Cyber-Conflict Studies Association.
Fred Kaplan joined me this week at the Hoover Book Soiree for a terrific discussion of his new book, Dark Territory: The Secret History of Cyber War:
In 2003 the Cyber-Conflict Studies Association was founded to foster the academic study of a new discipline -- conflict in the cyber domain. At the time they were more in the nature of Cassandra's trying to alert the world to a coming danger. Today, no one doubts the danger -- indeed it may well have reached the point where the fear of cyber conflict is over-hyped. But the flood of voices creates the danger of drowning out in volume more measured, rigorous study of the issue.
Nothing is completely secure -- not even the secure communications link between the Israeli Defense Force and its drones. As Small Wars Journal reports:
The cyber domain covers the entire globe. Given its breadth the challenge in finding universal norms of behavior is great -- it requires cross-cultural and cross-geographic agreement amongst people with very disparate views on ... well, just about everything. But the challenge doesn't stop folks from trying.
A couple of weeks ago, I thought it worth calling to reader's attention the threat assessment done by the Norwegian Police Security Service (more or less Norway's MI-5). Today, we have news from the Norwegian intelligence branch with their own assessment.
Today's Washington Post contains an article by David Ignatius that reports on the DoD's "third offset" strategy.