Offensive cyber operations lock the US into permanent conflict
Ellers, 10-23, 19, How America’s Cyber Strategy Could Create an International Crisis, https://nationalinterest.org/blog/skeptics/how-americas-cyber-strategy-could-create-international-crisis-90526, María Ellers is a US-Russia Relations Intern at the Center for the National Interest.
The United States has adopted a new cyber warfare strategy focused on “persistent engagement” and “forward defense” in an attempt to thwart Chinese, Russian and other state-sponsored cyber attacks. While this unprecedented “defend forward” approach gives America many significant advantages in navigating cyber warfare, it also entails high-risks that could unintentionally escalate conflict. As a result, America must consider whether its traditional understanding of concepts like offense, defense and deterrence are applicable to the strategy of cyber warfare and whether they should continue to inform Washington’s cyber strategies. This was the theme of a panel discussion held by the Center for the National Interest on September 10, 2019. The discussion featured prominent experts on cyber warfare: Jason Healey, a senior research Scholar at Columbi