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Starkin S.V. Confrontation in Cyberspace in the Context of the Development of Military Strategy

Published in journal "Politics and Society", 2015-3 in rubric "WAR AND PEACE", pages 395-406.

Resume: The problematic issues raised by the author in this paper, are worded as follows: firstly, what does the concept of "cyberwar" actually mean for the political establishment? Secondly, to what extent is the concept of "cyberwar" applicable for the understanding of global trends, the future of military strategy and instruments for its implementation? The author is conducting a study of the strategic context in which there are currently undergoing debates about "cyberwar" (in particular, the declining value of direct military force perceived by some researches), and also analysing the difficulty of achieving the real strategic effect through "pure" cyber attacks.In this paper, taking into account the objectives, traditional for the humanities comparative methods are used, as well as case studies, and the theory of political decision-making.The main conclusion of the study is that the military cyberpower does not have enough of strategically strong potential, as it was painted in recent years. According to the author, there is every reason to believe that, like military air power, it will be an important element in future joint operations of ground, air and naval forces; but the concept of cyberwar as a strategically crucial form of interstate conflict is misleading and meaningless diversion of efforts and resources on useless objects.

Keywords: international security, national security, cyber-threats, confrontation in cyberspace, cyberrevolution, cybersecurity, information security, Russia, USA, NATO

DOI: 10.7256/1812-8696.2015.3.14566

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