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Four Core Questions of U.S. Cyberattack Guidance

Four Core Questions of U.S. Cyberattack Guidance


National governments, including that of the United States, do not yet have well-formed cyberattack policies 
and strategies. A proposed framework consisting of four foundational elements—contextual views, the 
cyberattack spectrum, balance of focus, and appropriate circumstances—provides a basis for considering, 
discussing, developing, and assessing strategic cyberattack guidance. How an actor approaches each of 
these four elements fundamentally shapes the myriad details of subsequent policy and strategy. In view of 
this framework, the United States should pursue development of comprehensive cyberattack theory. 
Additionally, it should adopt a broader, but more nuanced view of cyberattacks combined with a focus 
weighted toward strategic attack. Consequently, such perspective will inform a normative approach for 
determining the appropriate circumstances in which to conduct cyberattack, which will guide both U.S. 
action and modernization of international norms.

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Full Citation: 

Chenoworth, Erica . 2014. Four Core Questions of U.S. Cyberattack Guidance. Strategy Research Project (Jan). http://www.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a590664.pdf (April 2, 2014).

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