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Humanitarian Cyber Operations: Rapid Response to Crimes against Humanity Utilizing Offensive Cyber Ability

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Army Cyber Institute

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Military cyber capacity, built to be a part of military operations, can be utilized for humanitarian operations utilizing the legal framework of responsibility to protect. The responsibility to protect doctrine will allow concerned states to interfere in the domestic affairs of foreign nations that jeopardize the welfare of its citizenry, and the humanitarian operations are not considered acts of war. In principle, cyber can be utilized to protect humanity in the same way as military transportation ships can transport aid to a humanitarian catastrophe.

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