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Strategic Warfare in Cyberspace Hardcover – April 16, 2001

ISBN-13: 978-0262182096 ISBN-10: 0262182092 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: The MIT Press; 1 edition (April 16, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0262182092
  • ISBN-13: 978-0262182096
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 7.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #375,299 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This excellent analysis is essential reading for anyone concerned with the defense posture of the United States. All those with a stake in the security of the information infrastructure should read it. There is nothing else like it."--Dorothy Denning, Department of Computer Science, Georgetown University



"One of the most thoughtful and thorough books on the subject so far."--Seymour E. Goodman, Professor of International Affairs and Computing, Georgia Tech



"This book is the first comprehensive exploration of the strategic significance of information system vulnerability. Important reading for anyone trying to understand the full potential of cyber warfare."--Ashton B. Carter, Ford Foundation Professor of Science and International Affairs, Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, and Co-Director, Harvard-Stanford Preventive Defense Project



"This excellent analysis is essential reading for anyone concernedwith the defense posture of the United States. All those with a stakein the security of the information infrastructure should readit. There is nothing else like it." Dorothy Denning , Georgetown University

About the Author

Gregory J. Rattray is currently the Commander of the 23rd Information Operations Squadron responsible for U. S. Air Force information warfare tactics and target development. He as previously assigned to Headquarters Air Force as the Deputy Chief, Defensive Information Warfare Division. He is a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Richard Bejtlich on June 8, 2002
Format: Hardcover
"Strategic Warfare in Cyberspace" (SWIC) takes discussions of information security policy to a new level. Lt Col Rattray is uniquely qualified to write this book, serving as commander of the 23rd Information Operations Squadron in the Air Force Information Warfare Center. While I was a captain in the Air Force Computer Emergency Response Team, he asked me if we were ready to defend against strategic information warfare attacks. His research into this issue forms the core of his excellent book.

SWIC is not written for technical staff. Rattray is a fellow Air Force Academy and Harvard University graduate, and I recognize his writing style and methodology as an effort to develop analytical frameworks. He takes an innovative approach, comparing American strategic information warfare efforts of the 1990's to development of the Army Air Corps' capability to wage strategic precision bombing. Rattray offers four enabling conditions for successful strategic warfare and five facilitating factors for establishing organization technological capabilities. He critiques strategic air war and strategic information war using these elements, drawing policy conclusions and making recommendations for future actions.

SWIC is highly original, very thorough, and well-documented. Rattray and I are both history/political science majors, so I found his discussion of Air Corps history enlightening. Readers more interested in conclusions may be tempted to skip this material. SWIC falls short in its descriptions of technical means to wage digital warfare. Someone with hands-on knowledge of specific attack and defense tools and techniques should have helped Rattray refine his understanding of the technical aspects of computer security.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 1, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Rattray lays a framework for the analysis of a growing threat to U.S. national security in the twenty-first century, information warfare (IW). While the number of studies on IW have steadily increased over the past five years, Rattray's book is unique in its sober examination of the hurdles organizations face in dealing with new technologies, as well as in its reference to the history of strategic warfare. This volume contributes to the growing literature on information warfare. It differs from other books, such as Sofaer and Goodman's Transnational Dimension of Cyber Crime, Denning's Information Warfare and Security, and Schwartau's Information Warfare in its historical analysis of U.S. strategic thinking in the inter-war period. It should be recommended to graduate and advanced undergraduate students.----J. Granville, Stanford
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "promptsales" on May 1, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Rattray lays a framework for the analysis of a growing threat to U.S. national security in the twenty-first century, information warfare (IW). While the number of studies on IW have steadily increased over the past five years, Rattray's book is unique in its sober examination of the hurdles organizations face in dealing with new technologies, as well as in its reference to the history of strategic warfare. This volume contributes to the growing literature on information warfare. It differs from other books, such as Sofaer and Goodman's Transnational Dimension of Cyber Crime, Denning's Information Warfare and Security, and Schwartau's Information Warfare in its historical analysis of U.S. strategic thinking in the inter-war period. It should be recommended to graduate and advanced undergraduate students.
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When William Gibson coined the term `cyberspace' in his best selling 1984 novel, "Neuromancer" (Amazon.com), he was referring to an artificial state produced when computer processors execute multiple software applications. The use of this term in the title of this book is an excellent choice. The realm of information warfare (IW) is quite extensive and covers a host of activities. By focusing only on strategic information warfare as waged in cyberspace, Rattray is able to provide the reader with a thorough and accurate description of one of the most important aspects of IW: its use to defend and attack national level digital networks. In spite of its title, this book is highly accessible to the general reader. Let there be no mistake however, this book is technically competent and written for technical experts as well.

This book also provides a review of the development of the U.S. Air Force (USAF) Strategic Bombing Doctrine and then draws the parallel of the development of USAF doctrine for strategic information warfare in cyberspace. This adds a much needed historical dimension to the whole subject of information warfare. For those interested in more details about the USAF development of strategic bombing doctrine two books are useful: 1) "Fast Tanks and Heavy Bombers"; and 2) "Rhetoric and Reality in Air Warfare", both of which are available on Amazon.com.

There is then much to recommend this book. Yet the author does slight two very important and relevant topics.
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