Refocusing Cyber Warfare Thought
Although military cyber theory has come a long way in the past decade, we have a persistent, natural tendency to see cyberspace as a physical environment and apply war-fighting principles from the other traditional operational domains. To establish a foundation for developing sound theory, this article attempts to identify the core defining characteristics of cyberspace. It points out the flaws in using physically oriented paradigms of cyberspace as a basis for developing theory and doctrine and advocates that we focus on its logical/virtual nature as well as its ability to process, exchange, and store information rapidly through automated means. The article concludes by identifying some implications that challenge existing attempts to apply traditional airpower and warfare principles directly to cyberspace.