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University of North Georgia Press




cyber, cyber operations


Many of the major threats to U.S. national security are occurring in the cyber domain. In a 2015 Department of Defense article, the former U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey, noted that civilian infrastructure and businesses “present a significant vulnerability to our nation.” Some of the threats include adversaries that constantly seek “to infiltrate networks and degrade capabilities, disrupt operations, or steal information.” He added that “In cyber, we have competitors, and we have competitors who maybe aren’t as constrained by legal systems and freedoms as we are.” However, the question of what entity has ultimate responsibility for defending U.S. interests in the cyber domain remains unanswered. The mission of the Department of Defense is to provide military forces needed to deter war and to protect the security of our country. The U.S Department of Homeland Security ensures a homeland that is safe, secure, and resilient against terrorism and other hazards. What is the role of the U.S. Department of State, and how does the U.S. plan to partner with foreign nations? To what extent are other entities, government or commercial, responsible? What is U.S. policy regarding this issue, and is it adequate to the task, now and in the future?

Civil-Military Cooperation and International Collaboration in Cyber Operations