Cyberspace: The Future Battlefields and Wars

Authored by Joseph Lerner, Edited by Dr. Terry Tucker (PhD), Daniel R. Little (PhD Candidate), Stephen Cheney

cybercommand-300x199After the recent Cyber-attacks that have targeted the Lockheed Martin, Google, Sony, Nintendo’s database, the US Government and Military Websites and Canadian Government’s Websites the reality of how the modern wars are fought has changed.

“US Government and Military Websites Redirected to Chinese Servers: The report says telecommunications companies in China disrupted the Internet for only about 18 minutes — but they were a big 18 minutes. They ‘hijacked’ about 15 percent of the world’s online traffic, affecting NASA, the U.S. Senate, the four branches of the military and the office of the Secretary of Defense.”  Jason Ryan, ABC News, Technology, Washington, Nov. 17, 2010, online source:

The time frame of the Cyber-attack that is indicated in this report was about 18 minutes. The speed of identifying and responding to any Cyber Threat is often within seconds or minutes.

The Chinese philosopher Sun Tzu admonished readers to first ‘know themselves’ and second ‘know the enemy.’  The raison d’être for founding the NATO alliance in the first place was to structure itself based on who the enemy was. NATO members knew who the enemy was, where they came from and what they looked like. Although the formation of a credible deterrence was a central theme, these equations are no longer valid in Cyber-warfare. The enemies are more often unknown. The attacks now possess the advantage of surprise: neither seeing, hearing, sensing or knowing when and where the enemy crossed the boundaries of sovereignty.

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Joseph Lerner is an Analyst whose areas of focus are Cultural Studies and Geopolitics.  He has been educated at Glendon College / Collège universitaire Glendon at York University.  Joseph currently serves on the panel of Advisory Board of Ideas That Shape (ITS), and is member of Board of Advisory of the Centre for Strategic Cyberspace + Security Science (CSCSS).  In the past, he has served on the Advisory Board of the Research Institute for European and American Studies (RIEAS)