Join the Atlantic Council’s Cyber Statecraft Initiative, housed within the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security, for a public discussion, “What Do We Know About Cyber Escalation? Observations from Simulations and Surveys.” The conversation will evaluate the conclusions of the paper, and use it as a jumping off point to analyze where our areas of focus on cyber operations and escalation should be going forward.

Panel Discussion

Dr. Erica Borghard
Assistant Professor, The Army Cyber Institute
US Military Academy

Dr. Aaron Brantly
Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Affiliated Faculty, Hume Center for National Security and Technology
Virginia Tech;
Cyber Policy Fellow, The Army Cyber Institute
US Military Academy

Dr. Benjamin Jensen
Nonresident Senior Fellow, Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security
Atlantic Council;
Professor of Strategic Studies
Marine Corps University;
Scholar in Residence
American University

Dr. Brandon Valeriano
Senior Fellow
Cato Institute;
Bren Chair of Military Innovation
Marine Corps University

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Issue Brief

Nov 22, 2019

What do we know about cyber escalation? Observations from simulations and surveys

By Benjamin Jensen and Brandon Valeriano

Do cyber operations alter how states respond to international crises in a way that creates incentives for decision makers to cross the Rubicon and use military force to settle disputes? This question is central to current cyber strategy debates and the idea of persistent engagement and defending forward in cyberspace. The answer is surprising: no. Based on the evidence, cyber operations offer a valuable escalatory offramp.


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