Cyberdeterrence and Cyberwar

Dublin Core


Cyberdeterrence and Cyberwar


This monograph presents the results of a fiscal year 2008 study, “Defining and Implementing Cyber Command and Cyber Warfare.” It discusses the uses and limits of power in cyberspace. Cyber is compared to air and space because it is a space for conflict. The study was conducted to help clarify and focus attention on the operational realities behind the phrase “fly and fight in cyberspace.”

Even though cyber is now considered a domain of war, modern tactics or means of deterrence do not apply. Cyber is constantly changing, so viruses and other cyber attack methods are difficult to prepare for. Further, attribution is extremely difficult and knowing how much damage a cyber attack can cause is ambiguous.

This RAND document is quite comprehensive in its assessment of cyberwar. While it is a rather large document (203 pages including references), the Contents page is organized with specific labels which can direct you to your interests. Cyberdeterrence and Cyberwar is in the Education Directory.






Martin C. Libicki, "Cyberdeterrence and Cyberwar," in Cyberwar Resources Guide, Item #132, (accessed August 7, 2022).