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(p. 282) 16. The Rise of Cyberpower 

(p. 282) 16. The Rise of Cyberpower
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(p. 282) 16. The Rise of Cyberpower
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John B. Sheldon

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10.1093/hepl/9780198708919.003.0017
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date: 06 December 2019

This chapter examines the rise of cyberpower and its implications for strategy. The rapid spread of information-communication technologies around the world created a globally connected domain called cyberspace. Nearly every function of modern society is enabled by cyberspace. This is both an advantage and a serious vulnerability. The pervasiveness of cyberspace, along with the growing importance of cyberpower, is influencing international politics and the use of military force in the twenty-first century in a variety of ways. The chapter begins with a discussion of relevant terms and definitions before discussing cyberspace, cyberpower, and the infosphere. It then considers how cyberspace has become a place of constant conflict, focusing in particular on the problem of cyber security as well as the challenges and unknowns of cyber-attack. It concludes by reflecting on the potential of cyberpower to spark a revolution in military affairs.

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