The Decision to Attack
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The Decision to Attack

Military and Intelligence Cyber Decision-Making

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Pages: 248

Trim size: 6.000in x 9.000in



Pub Date: 03/15/2018

ISBN: 9-780-8203-5379-1

List Price: $29.95


Pub Date: 04/15/2016

ISBN: 9-780-8203-4920-6

List Price: $55.95


Pub Date: 04/15/2016

ISBN: 9-780-8203-4919-0

List Price: $55.95

The Decision to Attack

Military and Intelligence Cyber Decision-Making

New insights on the use of cyber technology in warfare

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The debate over cyber technology has resulted in new considerations for national security operations. States find themselves in an increasingly interconnected world with a diverse threat spectrum and little understanding of how decisions are made within this amorphous domain.

With The Decision to Attack, Aaron Franklin Brantly investigates how states decide to employ cyber in military and intelligence operations against other states and how rational those decisions are. In his examination, Brantly contextualizes broader cyber decision-making processes into a systematic expected utility–rational choice approach to provide a mathematical understanding of the use of cyber weapons at the state level.

The Key Concepts of Cyber
The Motivation and Utility for Covert Action
Digital Power
Anonymity and Attribution in Cyberspace
Cyber and Conventional Operations:
The Dynamics of Conflict
Defining the Role of Intelligence in Cyberspace
How Actors Decide to Use Cyber—a Rational
Choice Approach
Cognitive Processes and Decision-Making
in Cyberspace
Finding Meaning in the Expected Utility of
International Cyber Conflict

Aaron Brantly’s The Decision to Attack: Military and Intelligence Cyber Decision-Making provides an authoritative framework to understand this type of decision made by unitary state actors. He masterfully provides the empirical evidence and theoretical foundation for an expected utility rational choice decision making model for the instigation of cyber attacks. . . . The Decision to Attack is definitely worthwhile.

—International Journal of Intelligence and CounterIntelligence

About the Author/Editor

AARON FRANKLIN BRANTLY is an assistant professor of international relations and cyber in the Department of Social Sciences at the U.S. Military Academy, cyber policy fellow at the Army Cyber Institute, and cyber fellow at the Combating Terrorism Center.