The Travelin' Librarian Uncategorized ICIW2008: Day 2 Keynote

ICIW2008: Day 2 Keynote

Brigadier General Davis, US Strategic Command (Network Warfare)

  • Rapidly evolving battlespace
  • as long as we have two eyes and opposable thumbs we’ll fight
  • econ major in college, never taken a CS course
  • I’m a social science guy
  • was never good at math until he had to learn how to make a bomb hit its target
  • Heads groups that operationalizes network warfare
  • has been learning about the cyberspace fight
  • tech has always made new inroads into warfare
  • modern networking tech is no exception
  • air, land, sea, space, now cyberspace
  • evolutionary steps in warfare
  • not going to talk about servers and high tech
  • what can we learn from the past
  • navigate the rocks and shoals of change
  • looks back to the advent of air power in warfare
  • some thought that war could be won by airpower alone
  • Curtis LaMay, father of Strategic Air Command
  • continuous readiness – 24/7
  • should also apply to cyberspace
  • Roy Geiger, saw airpower as part of a team effort, WWI Marine
  • but airpower could still be decisive
  • Geiger was there for for Bikini Atoll tests
  • the change was about speed and reaction time in this nuclear age
  • Geiger continued to say that it depended on an integrated effort
  • in cyberspace timelines are reduced to miliseconds
  • starting to learn what it takes to accomplish this
  • some was it’s different, some things are the same
  • must change and adapt
  • “spectrum of conflict”
  • peace-something happens-spool up-war-spool down-back to peace
  • exploitation of anonymity
  • across a broad spectrum of activities
  • no one major adversary in cyberspace, could be anyone
  • not just the velociraptor nation -state we’re up against
  • must be able to scale up operations quickly
  • final analysis: “there is no peace in cyberspace”
  • must be ready 24/7
  • multi-diciplined force of cyberwarriors is needed
  • must be ready when a crisis presents itself, which could be anytime
  • Marine General – three-block war: humanitarian/infrastructure, peacekeeping, high intensity conflict
  • we have the advantage in cyberspace right now but superiority would be better
  • no one military service can own this fight
  • military must partner with the intel community, law enforcement, allies
  • will need new authorities and policies
  • we are a nation of laws and those must be followed
  • “I’ve got a bunch of lawyers too”
  • training & education is key
  • must sustain operations to the highest level at all times including peacetime
  • on guard at all times
  • offensive and defensive tools
  • must integrate cyberspace tools with those in other war-fighting domains
  • must take account of trans-regional nature of cyberspace
  • no geographic boundaries
  • no single points of vulnerability
  • a digital bullet doesn’t follow a straight line
  • multi-point attacks
  • our capabilities need to be distributed
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