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Back Nuclear Deterrence and the Space and Cyber domains.
|Division||Research & Sponsored Programs|
|Department||Naval Research Program|
Lan, Wenschel D.
Crook, Matthew R.
Newman, James H.
|Sponsor||NPS Naval Research Program (Navy)|
The space and cyber domains are becoming increasingly intertwined in both conventional and theoretical nuclear conflicts. Deterrence strategies involving aggression, escalation, and deterrence must evolve with ever changing reality of the world situation.
The space and cyber domains are unique from other domains since actions taken in these domains may be unattributable to a state actor and damage that occurs may be non-kinetic yet severe at the same time. In the past the U.S. has clearly defined nuclear redlines and communicated these to potential adversaries to help them understand actions which could be interpreted by the U.S. as precursor to nuclear aggression. Clearly communicated nuclear redlines seem to have been effective strategy at deterring the actions defined by the redline. In many cases potential adversaries have protested some of the redlines, but regardless of their protest in practically every case they still abided by them. It is vitally important that nuclear redlines evolve as the world situation and technology progress. This is not a simple task. Many space and cyber assets are dual tasked with conventional and nuclear missions.
This project will help define which events in these domains is significant enough to warrant a kinetic response from the U.S., and which may justified crossing the nuclear threshold. With this understanding, recommendations will be made to improve or modify U.S. nuclear deterrence strategy if necessary.
Keywords: Nuclear Deterrence, Strategic Deterrence, Space domain, cyber domain, crossdomain
|Keywords||Cyber Domain Nuclear Deterrence Space domain Strategic Deterrence crossdomain|
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