Contributing USMA Research Unit(s)
Army Cyber Institute, Mathematical Sciences
NATO Joint Air Power Competence Centre (JAPCC) Conference 2022
Sharing cyber weapon/cyber capabilities requires trust between the member states, becoming a high-end policy decision due to the concerns of proliferation and the investment in designing a cyber-weapon that has a limited ’shelf-life’. The digital nature of cyber weapons creates a challenge. A cyber weapon can spread quickly, either self-propagating such as worms or via disclosure (and subsequent reuse) by malware researchers or malicious actors, raising proliferation concerns. Additionally, a cyber-weapon can be copied by the adversary or reverse engineered. Once the weapon is released, the adversary will eventually address the vulnerability, and the opportunity is gone. These factors raise the threshold between member states to share cyber weapons and cyber capabilities. Alliances, like NATO, prepare for a unified multinational, multi-domain fight; meanwhile, the national cyber forces are still operating as solitaires with limited interoperability and sharing. There is a need in the collective defence posture to integrate the multinational cyber force to achieve interoperability.
Kallberg, Jan; Arnold, Todd; and Hamilton, Stephen S., "Sharing Cyber Capabilities within the Alliance - Interoperability Through Structured Pre-Authorization Cyber" (2022). West Point Research Papers. 663.
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