Is the best defense a strong offense in cybersecurity?

Summary: The US government appears to assume that -- as with nuclear war -- "the best defense is a strong offense" Cybersecurity expert Emilio Iasiello asks if this makes sense with cybersecurity, given the difficulty of identifying the attacker (attribution) and striking back at them (often amorphous non-state actors). Complacency in Cyberspace May Be Our Biggest … Continue reading Is the best defense a strong offense in cybersecurity?

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Will we repeat our mistakes in the Middle East & lose, or play defense & win?

Summary:  The West's post-9/11 wars in the Middle East have run down, but our involvement in Syria's civil war and the attacks by radical Islamists in American -- and the far larger Paris attacks -- have begun a new phase in this clash of civilizations. Before we attack, repeating the mistakes of the past 15 … Continue reading Will we repeat our mistakes in the Middle East & lose, or play defense & win?

The Cult of the offense returns: why we’re losing the long war, & how to win

Summary: We cannot escape history. It offers lessons to guide us. It's deployed as propaganda to mislead us. Successful strategy requires distinguishing between the two. Our long war, so far a series of defeats, provides examples of both. We can do better in the future if only we'd pay attention. "As we shall show, defense … Continue reading The Cult of the offense returns: why we’re losing the long war, & how to win

The Best Defense Is a Strong Defense. Never Fight a Land War in Cyberspace.

Summary: Why defense experts obsess about the relative advantages of different military hardware (e.g., the A-10 vs the F-35), the US has unleashed the tools of cyberwar on Iran. We can expect more in the future, begun by friends and foes. So let's learn the rules. Today Marcus Ranum explains the nature of attack and … Continue reading The Best Defense Is a Strong Defense. Never Fight a Land War in Cyberspace.

How I learned to stop worrying and love Fourth Generation War. We can win at this game.

Summary: Looking through the archives of any website discussing modern war quickly reveals how little we have learned since 9-11, despite our futile but large expenditures of money and blood. The resistance to war with Syria (outcome still unknown) suggests that the time might have come to dust off these lessons. Perhaps America has grown … Continue reading How I learned to stop worrying and love Fourth Generation War. We can win at this game.

Important reading for every American who wishes to understand our foreign wars

On rare occasions we are blessed with essays both brilliant and timely, words that meet our immediate needs.  Here we have one such by a veteran and military expert.  Here is a brief excerpt from the current issue of Armed Forces Journal -- given only to illustrate as an sample of the author's thinking, to encourage you to read … Continue reading Important reading for every American who wishes to understand our foreign wars

What Tom Barnett should have told Congress about America’s 21st century Navy

Thomas Barnett is one of our foremost geopolitical visionaries, so his presentations are always worth attention.  His latest is insightful and elegantly expressed, as always.  However, I have a few suggestions -- minor changes to make  it better suit the current situation and needs of America.  (I have a draft post in the pipeline describing the implication of the revised … Continue reading What Tom Barnett should have told Congress about America’s 21st century Navy