BLHS-414-01 Cyber Ops and Global Pol
Fall for 2017-2018
Spring for 2017-2018
Kleine, Richard
Networks around the world are under constant assault and threatened by hackers who want to steal information or cause harm. By looking at cyber intelligence and the domestic and international goals of governments, policymakers can develop better policies, make improved resource investment decisions, and make more complete risk management decisions. This course will focus on building an understanding of how cyber operations are used by governments to achieve domestic or international goals. We will investigate the use of cyber operations as a tool of statecraft and the options it provides leaders in achieving foreign and domestic goals.

Unclear norms of behavior about the use of cyber operations and uncertainty over acceptable responses mean governments should be prepared for uncertainty and a complication of traditional international relations. We will examine the cyber operations of various countries to see the context, drivers, and goals for their actions. Students will learn how using cyber intelligence can drive global politics, international policies, and cyber security decisions.

Coursework will focus on looking at cyber operations through the lens of international relations. Throughout the course we will compare the use of cyber operations with traditional foreign policy tools and examine the emerging use of cyber technologies to achieve national goals. The course will emphasize how strategic cyber intelligence can improve risk management decisions and assist policymakers in setting effective policies.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None
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