Jan 31, 2023  
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CMR 554 - Cyberwarfare, the Newest Dimension of War: Cyber-Technology and its Role in 21st-Century Conflict

Credits: 3
The US depends upon networks to operate its vital water and electrical grids; without either of these networks, modern civilization would quickly die. The US economy depends on networks for funds management, investment, et al, as does all the rest of the world that is involved in the global money market in any way. Similarly, if not even more so, the US military depends critically upon networks and global information access for the success, and indeed, superiority, of its global security operations, in what some experts have termed the “Reconnaissance-Strike Complex.” This course will examine the nature of cyber systems, of networks, and the economic and military power they confer up any nation-state that uses them effectively. It will also examine the vulnerabilities that these cyber-networks, and how a sufficiently sophisticated and powerful cyberattack, a “cybergeddon,” could conceivably destroy all the advanced infrastructure that make a modern civilization like ours run. It will also examine current and future efforts to defend against such threats, and counterattack adversaries who might launch such attacks. 

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