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The Fifth Domain: Cyber Warfare in World War III

“If you’re not able to operate the way you want to in cyberspace, that means you can lose battles on land and sea,” said Dr. Peter Singer, a think tank strategist.  “We have these new domains that we’ve never fought in before, and that’s outer space, and cyber space.”

“Cyber power is being wielded as a strategic weapon to create facts on the ground with the minimal use of kinetic force,” James J. Wirtz, Dean of the Naval Postgraduate School.

The future war probably won’t employ massive cyberweapons like Stuxnet. Instead, cyber weapons will be used like any other in the military arsenal: instead of artillery to take out a target, a commander may use malware instead.

“If there’s something that you can do to prep the battlefield before a kinetic attack or to disrupt defenses during kinetic attacks, why wouldn’t a combatant commander turn to that?” Charlie Stadtlander, chief spokesperson for US Army Cyber Command says.

Source: Business Insider


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Mike Shelby is a former military intelligence NCO and contract intelligence analyst. He spent three years in Iraq and Afghanistan and is now the intelligence and warfare researcher at Forward Observer.

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