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"On the Use of Offensive Cyber Capabilities: A Policy Analysis on Offensive US Cyber Policy"

"On the Use of Offensive Cyber Capabilities: A Policy Analysis on Offensive US Cyber Policy"

Paper, Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

March 2012

Authors: Robert Belk, Matthew Noyes

Belfer Center Programs or Projects: Explorations in Cyber International Relations; The Cyber Project; Science, Technology, and Public Policy

 

ABSTRACT

This paper offers analysis and policy recommendations for use and response to various forms of cyber action for Offensive Military Cyber Policy. It establishes a pragmatic policy-relevant, effects-based ontology for categorizing cyber capabilities and develops a comprehensive framework for cyber policy analysis. Furthermore, it demonstrates the utility of the cyber policy analysis framework by analyzing six key categories of external cyber actions identified by our ontology, which range the entire spectrum of cyber activity. Lastly, this work develops actionable policy recommendations from our analysis for cyber policy makers while identifying critical meta-questions.

 

This work is funded by the Office of Naval Research under award number N00014-09-1-0597. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Office of Naval Research.

Statements and views expressed in this discussion paper are solely those of the authors and do not imply endorsement by the Department of Defense, Harvard University, the Harvard Kennedy School, or the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.

 

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For Academic Citation:

Belk, Robert and Matthew Noyes. "On the Use of Offensive Cyber Capabilities: A Policy Analysis on Offensive US Cyber Policy." Paper, Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School, March 2012.

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