The new U.S. Cyber Command vision statement and the 2018 Department of Defense Cyber Strategy appear to reflect a fundamental reorientation in strategic thinking, as does a related set of developments involving changes in interagency vetting for military cyber operations.

According to U.S. Cyber Command “Superiority through persistence seizes and maintains the initiative in cyberspace by continuously engaging and contesting adversaries and causing them uncertainty wherever they manoeuvre.” This presentation assesses the potential effectiveness of this new cyber strategy and its implications for allies.

How exactly does U.S. Cyber Command seek to conduct activities in cyberspace? Will the strategy lead to a growing degree of hostility in cyberspace and the world? Does it lead to more friction in allies’ trust and confidence?

This is what Dr. Max Smeets will take a closer look at when he visits NUPI 1 November. Senior Research Fellow and Head of the Research Group on Security and Defense at NUPI, Karsten Friis, will moderate the seminar.

Dr. Max Smeets is a senior researcher at the Center for Security Studies (CSS) at ETH Zurich. He is also an Affiliate at Stanford University Center for International Security and Cooperation and Research Associate at the Centre for Technology and Global Affairs, University of Oxford.