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Strategic Cyberwar Theory - A Foundation for Designing Decisive Strategic Cyber Operations

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Army Cyber Institute

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Each strategy has a foundation—an overarching way of explaining why things are the way we see them and how to successfully reach our goals. Therefore, strategy is theory-based because theory provides an intellectual framework for predicting outcomes leading to the end goal the strategy pursues. This article will present the strategic cyberwar theory whose utility is tied to the likelihood of institutional instability in the targeted nation. In an ideal scenario, a nation conducts systematic cyber attacks against the targeted adversary’s institutions triggering the dormant entropy embedded in a nation possessing weak institutions. This will lead to submission to foreign will and intent.

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