Deterrence by denial in cyberspace

  title={Deterrence by denial in cyberspace},
  author={Erica D. Borghard and Shawn W. Lonergan},
  journal={Journal of Strategic Studies},
Many scholars and practitioners are unconvinced that cyber deterrence is possible. This article aims to demonstrate why some of this skepticism is misplaced, as well as provide greater clarity and ... 

Is there a cyber security dilemma?

In recent years, scholars, commentators and politicians have discussed the prospect of a ‘cyber security dilemma’. If states race to develop superior cyberattacks, how far might this escalate? Are

Burned and Blinded: Escalation Risks of Intelligence Loss from Countercyber Operations in Crisis

  • J. Work
  • Computer Science
    International Journal of Intelligence and CounterIntelligence
  • 2022
The article explores the parallels to other strategic early warning and intelligence capabilities, surfacing distinctions based on the unique dynamics of cyberconflict to identify scenarios in which CCO successes may prove potentially destabilizing and lead to greater escalation risk.

A conceptual critique of remote warfare

ABSTRACT This paper presents a conceptual critique of “remote warfare.” It argues that “remote warfare” is more of a trendy term than a robust concept. In support of this assessment, this paper makes

From the editors

  • J. Rovner
  • Political Science
    Journal of Strategic Studies
  • 2022
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has led to debates about its motives, the chances of aggression elsewhere, the dangers of nuclear instability, the prospects for deterrence, and the future of nuclear

Engaging with emerged and emerging domains: cyber, space, and technology in the 2022 NATO strategic concept

ABSTRACT Cyber, space, and emerging technologies have transformed the strategic environment. Since the last publication of the NATO Strategic Concept, the Alliance has responded to this changing



‘Cumulative Deterrence’ as a New Paradigm for Cyber Deterrence

ABSTRACT This article suggests that there is a paradigm crisis in the sub-field of cyber deterrence. Cyber deterrence is evolving slowly and unpromisingly as a strategic tool in both theory and

Weaving Tangled Webs: Offense, Defense, and Deception in Cyberspace

The strategy of deception has other important implications: as deterrence became foundational in the nuclear era, deception should rise in prominence in a world that increasingly depends on technology to mediate interaction.

Cyber Posturing and the Offense-Defense Balance

For some realists, cyber warfare is ‘old wine in new bottles’, with marginal added value. This misses the larger possibilities for political/military chain reactions that cyber warfare may prompt,

Deterrence Theory Revisited

Because of its parsimony and power, deterrence theory is the most important American theory of international relations. Yet it has many faults. The boundaries outside of which it does not apply are

Deterrence in the Cyber Realm: Public versus Private Cyber Capacity

Using an incomplete-information model, it is demonstrated that cyber institutions sometimes deter adversarial strategic cyber operations by prevention and threat of punishment, and weak cyber states tend to sub-optimally over-invest resources in these institutions, whereas strong cyber states over- invest, which reduces their overall cyber capability.

The Logic of Coercion in Cyberspace

It is demonstrated that cyber power alone has limited effectiveness as a tool of coercion, although it has significant utility when coupled with other elements of national power.

Theater Nuclear Weapons: Doctrines and Postures

  • C. Gray
  • Political Science
    World Politics
  • 1976
Few people in any NATO country are satisfied with the existing theater nuclear posture and doctrine—yet radical revision is politically impossible. There is a marked absence of consensus within NATO

Deterrence: The Elusive Dependent Variable

Empirical analyses of deterrence have paid insufficient attention to the validity and reliability of the data used to test the central propositions of theories of deterrence. This article examines