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Cyber Brief: Interplay between the land, space, and cyberspace domains

Published: Apr 11, 2018

Edited by Michael Martelle

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Omnipresent in discussions of military use of cyber is how cyberspace fits in with the other warfighting “domains” of land, air, sea, and space. This question is vital to several issues facing future security and force planners including military command and control doctrine and the possibility of deterring aggression in one domain with the promise of punitive measures in another (cross-domain deterrence).

Today’s posting features a recent paper (Document 03) by Army Lt. Col. John L. Rafferty, Jr., published by the U.S. Army War College Strategic Studies Institute, on the interplay between the land, space, and cyberspace domains, and includes selections from the significant volume of US Government publications the paper references. The Army War College report, and the literature it draws on, provide a deep profile of cyber’s importance to the future “joint force”.

For further documentation, consult the Archive's Cyber Vault Library.


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U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, TRADOC Pamphlet 525-7-8, The United States Army's Cyberspace Operations Concept Capability Plan, 2016-2028, February 22, 2010. Unclassified.

This pamphlet explores how "the Army's future force in 2016-2028 will leverage cyberspace and CyberOps" and how CyberOps (which is specified to consist of four components - cyberwarfare, cyber network operations, cyber support, and cyber situational awareness) will be integrated into full spectrum operations.

Government Accountability Office, GAO-10-606, United States Faces Challenges in Addressing Global Cybersecurity and Governance, July 2010. Unclassified.

This study identifies significant entities and efforts addressing global cyberspace security and governance issues, U.S. entities responsible for addressing such issues and their involvement at the international level, and challenges to effective U.S. involvement in global cyberspace security and governance issues.

Joint Chiefs of Staff, Joint Publication 3-12 (R), Cyberspace Operations, February 3, 2013. Unclassified.

This formerly restricted publication discusses cyberspace (including national intelligence) operations; authorities, roles, and responsibilities (including legal considerations); and planning and coordination (including inter-organizational and multinational considerations).

Department of the Army, FM 3-38, Cyber Electromagnetic Activities, February 2014.

This Army field manual consists of seven chapters, including chapters on the fundamentals of cyber electromagnetic activities; roles, responsibilities and organization; and cyberspace operations.

U.S. Army War College, Strategic Cyberspace Operations Guide, June 1, 2016. Unclassified.

This guide discusses the design, planning, and execution of cyberspace operations as well as operations in the homeland. It also contains a case study of Russian cyber operations against Georgia in 2008.

National Intelligence Council, NIC-2017-001, Global Trends: Paradox of Progress, January 2017. Unclassified.

Discussions of cyber issues are distributed throughout this report, with regard to the near-future as well as to the longer term. Its includes the presentation of fictional cases involving cyber components.