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ACTIVE CYBER DEFENSE : ENHANCING NATIONAL CYBER DEFENSE  

With increased dependency on the Internet, cyber attacks are fast becoming an attractive option for state adversaries, in part because of the ease of hiding ones identity. In response, governments around the world are taking measures to improve their national cyber defenses. However, these defenses, which are generally passive in nature, have been insufficient to address the ...Read more >

75 Pages
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LEGAL AND ETHICAL ASPECTS OF THE DECISION FOR WAR : A CASE STUDY  By Michael M.L. Rafter, Lt Col

Throughout its history, the United States has rarely shied away from utilizing military force to confront perceived threats to its security and to support its interests ...Read more >

25 Pages
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INFLUENCE OPERATIONS AND THE INTERNET : A 21ST CENTURY ISSUE  By Rebecca A. Keller, Lt Col

The conduct of information operations , which includes military deception and psychological operations , by the United States military, is based on both doctrinal precedence and operational ...Read more >

25 Pages
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UNITED STATES PREPAREDNESS TO RESPOND TO A MUMBAI-STYLE ATTACK WITHIN THE HOMELANDEDE  By Brad C. Felling, Lt Col

American homeland defenders are quick to criticize the Government of Indias (GoI) counterterrorism techniques, or lack thereof, in response to the attacks in Mumbai last ...Read more >

28 Pages
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SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY INTELLECTUAL CAPITAL, A CRITICAL US ASSET  By Stella T. Smith, Col

The potential for losing intellectual dominance in science and technology is a major threat to the ability of the US to maintain national security and economic superiority. The US must ensure it exercises the best possible options to ...Read more >

25 Pages
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THE DECLINE OF THE MILITARY ETHOS AND PROFESSION OF ARMS : AN ARGUMENT AGAINST AUTONOMOUS LETHAL ENGAGEMENTS  By Michael R. Contratto, Lt Col

Throughout history many new weapon technologies have been introduced into combat prior to a full evaluation or understanding of the doctrinal, legal and ethical implications of their ...Read more >

27 Pages
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THE RING OF GYGES : ANONYMITY AND TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCES EFFECT ON THE DETERRENCE OF NON-STATE ACTORS IN 2035  By David R. Iverson, Lt Col

From the time of Plato, men have pondered how an individual would act if they were unidentifiable or anonymous. In The Republic, Plato uses the story of Gyges of Lydia, who found a ring in a cave and put it upon his finger to become ...Read more >

30 Pages
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THE PERILS OF BIPOLARITY : SUBNATIONAL CONFLICT AND THE RISE OF CHINA  By Mark O. Yeisley, Lt Col

Intrastate conflicts, ranging from localized rebellions to civil war, increased linearly from 1946 through 1992 and then dramatically decreased in the post-Cold War era. This rise and fall of subnational conflict closely mirrors the proxy wars fought by or between the USSR and the ...Read more >

28 Pages
131.04 KB
REALITIES OF DETERRENCE AND RETALIATORY OPTIONS TO ATTACKS IN SPACE AND CYBERSPACE  By Shawn C. Fairhurst, Colonel

Since the last years of the 20th Century, threats in space and cyberspace have become prominent, to the point where an attack can threaten state sovereignty and have regional, if not global ...Read more >

29 Pages
115.19 KB
TO RESIGN OR NOT RESIGN THE USE OF SENIOR OFFICER RETIREMENTS AS A POLITCAL TOOL  By Daniel E. Lee, Lt Col

This paper looks at current literature and models for military dissent through political retirements and then applies these to case studies of Gen Ronald Fogleman, GEN Eric Shinseki, and GEN Stanley ...Read more >

25 Pages
112.44 KB
ROYAL COLLEGE OF DEFENCE STUDIES COURSE IN INTERNATIONAL SECURITY AND STRATEGY  

The RCDS course is a post-graduate-level course in international strategic studies, focusing on, political, diplomatic, security social and economic related issues at the grand strategic ...Read more >

13 Pages
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THINKING STRATEGICALLY  

The study of strategy represents the heart and soul of the Royal College of Defence Studies (RCDS). Consistent with our mission, our prime role here is to develop strategic thinkers and leaders who can apply the principles of strategy-making adeptly in todays challenging multinational and multi-agency arenas.l, ...Read more >

64 Pages
1.19 MB
CHINA PERSPECTIVES ON THE MAJOR ISLAND DISPUTES IN THE EAST AND SOUTH CHINA SEAS : IMPLICATIONS FOR THE US STRATEGIC REBALANCE TOWARD ASIA  By Chee Mun Chew, Col

Although Chinas economic rise has benefited the Asia Pacific region, its military rise has been a concern among its neighbors. The US in 2009 has decided to shift its strategic focus toward Asia so as to continue to maintain its influence in the region and secure its ...Read more >

27 Pages
128.52 KB
ACT AND ACTOR ATTRIBUTION IN CYBERSPACE : A PROPOSED ANALYTIC FRAMEWORK  By Eric F. Mejia, Col

Cyber attribution continues to vex cyber operators. Often, it is dismissed as impossible to definitively obtain, or worse, unnecessary. Properly analyzed, cyber attribution consists of two ...Read more >

26 Pages
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SCRAMBLE IN THE SOUTH CHINA SEA : REGIONAL CONFLICT AND U.S. STRATEGY  By Aaron W. Steffens, Lt Col

The South China Sea region has emerged in the 21st century as an area of unrivalled economic activity, significant natural resources, and a global hub of seaborne commerce. Adjoining nations are aggressively pursuing sovereignty claims over the scattered islets and reefs of the ...Read more >

32 Pages
741.40 KB
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