A discussion with:
Nonresident Senior Fellow, Cyber Statecraft Initiative, Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security
Senior Research Scholar, School of International and Public Affairs
Distinguished Visiting Professor in Cyber Security Studies
United States Naval Academy
Senior Lecturer, School of Social and Political Sciences
University of Glasgow
Distinguished Scholar in Residence, School of International Service
We are still early into the age of cyber conflict and do not yet fully understand the dynamics of how nations and nonstate actors fight in cyberspace. Though there is a solid understanding at the tactical and technical levels of what happens between bits and bytes and particular adversary groups, the operational and strategic dynamics are often ignored. Failing to connect cyber conflict to larger strategic considerations leaves many central questions unanswered: How do cyber conflicts arise? How and by whom are they fought? Who wins and who loses? Is a country "winning" in cyberspace if it seizes more digital hilltops or if it wins the hearts and minds of digital natives around the globe?
To shed light on these questions and cyber operations and strategy beyond bits and bytes, this session brings together Jason Healey, the Atlantic Council's Cyber Statecraft Initiative Senior Fellow and editor of the first-ever cyber history book A Fierce Domain: Conflict in Cyberspace, 1986-2012 (2013); Chris Inglis, US Naval Academy Distinguished Visiting Professor in Cyber Security Studies and former NSA Deputy Director; and Dr. Brandon Valeriano, Senior Lecturer at the University of Glasgow and author of Cyber War versus Cyber Realities: Cyber Conflict in the International System (2015). The panel discussion will be moderated by Dr. Nora Bensahel, Distinguished Scholar in Residence at American University's School of International Service.