Cyberspace in Peace and War

Marin C. Libicki

Overview: Cyber warfare is one of the key elements of 21st century conflict. The influence of cyber is simply everywhere throughout the USAF, and the United States as a whole. The risks of cyber warfare are magnified in large part because cyber users have little or no understanding of how the system works, and what activities might put them at risk. Because virtually every USAF professional interacts with the cyber domain on a daily basis, they absolutely require at least a basic understanding of how the cyber domain functions and interacts with the physical domain. This work provides all of the grounding that Airmen need to make informed decisions and act responsibly in the cyber domain, and does so in an interesting and often humorous fashion. Martin Libicki is RAND’s foremost analyst of cyber conflict. He is universally regarded as one of the foremost thinkers in the field of cyber warfare, and he has spent more than four decades examining the role of cyber networks in future conflicts. This work is the distillation of his incredible knowledge base, presented in an accessible format that is of utility to any USAF professional, from the most knowledgeable cyber warrior to the absolute novice.