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Product Details

  • Series: National Defense University
  • Paperback: 664 pages
  • Publisher: Potomac Books Inc.; 1 edition (April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1597974234
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597974233
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 5.9 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #293,682 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Experts in the field of ‘cyberpower’ address a range of issues arising from the use of cyberspace by malevolent actors and ‘the many security vulnerabilities that plague this sphere.’ Both the theory and practical application of cyberpower are discussed.”

"Cyberpower security is now one of the major national security problems facing the United States. This book recognizes and emphasizes the need for the government to develop a holistic approach to cyberpower; without this awareness and commitment, our national security is in jeopardy."


"It's about time! After nearly 20 years, finally, a well-thought-out, analytical compendium of the current state of the art. The challenge is implementing these ideas in a meaningful manner that provides true cybernational security against a world of asymmetric actors. This is going to be one of my primary references for years to come."

"National Defense University [NDU] is the trailblazer in thinking about cyberpower. This book and the workshops NDU convened while it was drafted provide some of the absolutely best thinking around on how cyber is reshaping the exercise of power and what that will mean for American security."



"This book not only offers an inside look at military cyberpower, tactics, and strategies, but also gives a unique look at cyber deterrence, cyber law, and opportunities for future research. In today's cyber environment, the United States must work diligently to not only keep up with our near-peer competitors, but to stay one step ahead of them. Cyberpower and National Security explores policy issues, theories, trends, and future technologies that can give the United States that edge in the cyber domain"

About the Author

Franklin D. Kramer is a distinguished research fellow in the Center for Technology and National Security Policy at the National Defense University. He served as the assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs from 1996 to 2001.

Stuart H. Starr is also a distinguished research fellow in the Center for Technology and National Security Policy at the National Defense University. He concurrently serves as the president of the Barcroft Research Institute.

Larry Wentz is a senior research fellow in the Center for Technology and National Security Policy at the National Defense University.

Customer Reviews

Definitely a must for the professional, as well as those seeking a primer on this subject(s).
Blackstone
The late U.S. Navy Admiral Arthur Cebrowski was a strong advocate for the evolution of naval command and decision systems to C4ISR systems.
Retired Reader
These days, it is really difficult to find one book that covers both technical and academic perspective.
Aleex

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 28, 2009
Format: Paperback
Last week at the InfowarCon Dan Kuehl handed me a copy of "Cyberpower and National Security." This has been a topic Dan has been exploring in some detail for quite a while. I first met Dan in 1996 when I was a student at the USMC Command and Staff College. Dan was already writing and exploring concepts related to cyber power and information warfare, and his deep focus and insights into this still emerging mission area continues today.

About the book, it is big. Not just in pages (it weighs in at 642 pages). It is big in info. Chapters are written by some of the greatest thinkers of the Cyber War mission area. Folks like Dan Kuehl, Edward Skoudis, Greg Rattray, Martin Libicki, Irving Lachow, Tim Thomas, Tom Wingfield and of course the editors Franklin Kramer, Stuart Starr and Larry Wentz. These and the other contributors are all well respected thought leaders and each provide insights I believe will be of use to today's strategic planners.

As for the content, it starts with a great foundation and overview of what is meant by Cyberspace (building on Dan Kuelh's well articulated definition) and also spells out key issues that policy makers and national security strategists must tackle. It then spells out changes in cyberspace including projections into the near future, and ends with an analysis of the impact of all these changes- including the considerations we must think through in our strategic deliberations.

I now consider this book a critical foundational work that should be studied by anyone who seeks to dialog on modern national security issues. This book does for the strategic domain what the Common Audit Guidelines did for the operational cyber domain. Cyberpower and National Security (National Defense University)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Retired Reader on May 17, 2010
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The National Defense University, the sponsor of this book, has produced an excellent collaboration on the related subjects of Cyberspace and Cyberpower and their influence on National Security. The authors selected for this effort appear remarkably competent for the task and have together produced a highly informative and useful book.
Unlike so many books in this genre, this book begins with an accurate and well developed definition of "cyberspace" that brings the concept from a vague buzzword to a concrete multi-tiered system. The authors of this book are particularly adept at identifying and analyzing the layers and protocols that constitute cyberspace. Perhaps most importantly one chapter discusses the role of the Department of Defense developed Global Information Grid (GIG) which is base for military use of cyberspace. Although the book makes a valid reference to the misnamed Global Network, it fails to note that the GIG actually is a component of this network. Still it nails the concept of cyberspace very accurately.
Given its sponsor the book of course devotes a good deal of attention to the military use of cyberspace particularly in its central role in the latest iteration of command and control doctrine called `Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance' (C4ISR) which the basis for the "network centric warfare" concept which has been widely adopted by the U.S. Navy and Air Force. Still the book also includes information of considerable importance to non-military applications of cyberspace and the concept of civil infrastructure protection.
This leads to the concept of cyberwar in which an enemy tries disrupt or destroy targeted military and civilian computer networks by means of hostile computer systems.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Robert David STEELE Vivas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on January 1, 2011
Format: Paperback
I like the book and I like the authors and I do NOT like the fact that neither decision-support nor intelligence (decision-support) nor M4IS2* are in this book. Retired Reader's review--at five stars--is the review I would have written were I to read the book rather than just appreciate it via Look Inside the Book, and he and I have discussed the intellectual and leadership vacuum we all have in cyberspace where most simply have no idea what they are doing.

* Multinational, Multiagency, Multidisciplinary, Multidomain Information-Sharing and Sense-Making (M4IS2)

I must defer to Retired Reader and Bob Gourley on the good of this book, and hence five stars from em as well. However, and with proper regard for the the vastly experienced and well-intentioned authors, it troubles me that they do not include core concepts and context such as were developed by Robert Garigue, who died at the age of 55 before being able to produce his master work. His Preface to my third book, Information Operations: All Information, All Languages, All the Time and a couple of his briefings that I have featured at Phi Beta Iota the Public Intelligence Blog, are all that we have to remember his towering genius. As with all my books, all free online.

Here is Robert Garigue's bottom line: cyber-power--and cyber-security and what some would call today cyber-command (actually an oxymoron) are about TRUTH & TRUST. All this stuff about protecting legacy systems that are 90% rubbish or interdicting and interfering with the 10% of our enemies that have sophisticated system, is out of touch with reality.
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