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Cyberspace as a Complex Adaptive System and the Policy and Operational Implications for Cyberwarfare

Albert Olagbemiro
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Albert Olagbemiro: United States Air Force Reserve, Charlotte, NC, USA

International Journal of Cyber Warfare and Terrorism (IJCWT), 2015, vol. 5, issue 4, 1-14

Abstract: The overall implication of depicting cyberspace as a complex, adaptive ecosystem rather than its current representation as a bi-dimensional domain provides an avenue for further insight into the complexities associated with operating in cyberspace. This renewed perspective brings to the forefront the critical role of the civilian private sector in cyber warfare, due to the intermixing and heavy reliance of the United States Government (USG) on an infrastructure owned and operated by the civilian private sector. The implications of such a revisionist perspective leads to a theory of action, which suggests that given this heavy reliance of U.S.G entities to include DoD, on a cyber-infrastructure predominantly owned and operated by civilian private sector entities, authorization to wage offensive-styled cyber-attacks, as a defensive measure should not be limited exclusively to the DoD but also expanded to include authorized entities in the civilian private sector.

Date: 2015
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