In the future, deterrence, military power projection, and homeland security will depend on a defensible and resilient cyber infrastructure that can operate through widespread cyber-attack. Vern Boyle, director of technology at Northrop Grumman Information Systems, explores how this defensible and resilient cyber infrastructure will be as strategically important during tomorrow's large scale conflicts as the advantages imparted by stealth or precision guided weapons were to yesterday's.
In his TED-style talk titled “Cyber Resilience: Enabling Control of the Cyber Domain,” Boyle will discuss how speed is the key attribute of this new strategic technology, and is critical to shifting the advantage away from the attacker.
Today, a cyber attack could conceivably strike a combination of civilian critical infrastructure and allied military targets both simultaneously and on a scale that would make it impractical to determine the source of the attack, much less determine an appropriate response.
Contemporary kinetic technology and weaponry will have a limited role in this type of fight. In fact, some of these weapon systems could be rendered useless by disabling the information or technology on which they have come to rely. The next strategic technology for continued US military dominance will be driven by the fundamental goal of fighting and winning on a non-kinetic battlefield. (Indeed, this strategic technology advancement will need to be addressed with the same level of commitment as a stealth or precision guided weapons program.)
There are many emerging technical building blocks that can be used to build this new defensible infrastructure. The time is now to initiate the rise of a new non-kinetic strategic technology that can ensure continued U.S. military dominance. Once achieved, Boyle expects that America and its allies will be moving faster than their adversaries, enjoying the same freedom of movement in cyberspace that they enjoy on air and land today.
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