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Cyber Pearl Harbor: Analogy, fear, and the framing of cyber security threats in the United States, 1991-2016 | Lawson | First Monday March 2019

"During the two and a half decades leading up to the Russian cyber attacks on the 2016 U.S. presidential election, public policy discourse about cybersecurity typically framed cybersecurity using metaphors and analogies to war and tended to focus on catastrophic doom scenarios involving cyber attacks against critical infrastructure. In this discourse, the so-called “cyber Pearl Harbor” attack was always supposedly just around the corner. Since 2016, however, many have argued that fixation on cyber Pearl Harbor-like scenarios was an inaccurate framing that left the United States looking in the wrong direction when Russia struck. This essay traces the use of the cyber Pearl Harbor analogy and metaphor over the 25-year period preceding the Russian cyber attacks of 2016. It argues that cyber Pearl Harbor has been a consistent feature of U.S. cybersecurity discourse with a largely stable meaning focused on catastrophic physical impacts. Government officials have been primarily responsible for driving these concerns with news media uncritically transmitting their claims. This is despite the fact that such claims were often ambiguous about just who might carry out such an attack and often lacked supporting evidence."
FirstMonday  metaphor  analogy  cybersecurity  war 
march 2019 by pierredv
Veterans Day: For many vets, college is scarier than Afghanistan -
"Veterans Day highlights the the sky-high dropout rates for veterans attending college. But new college 'boot camps' are helping vets transition to a new life of classroom debates and selfies. " college-immersion boot camp called the Warrior-Scholar Project
CSMonitor  veterans  education  college  university  war 
january 2016 by pierredv
Nation’s Veterans Demand Farmland In Gaul - DuffelBlog Jan 2015
"A delegation from the American Legion had a meeting today with several leading senators to demand suitable farmland for the nation’s landless veterans in the province of Transalpine Gaul."
military  war  satire  humor 
march 2015 by pierredv
Stratographs: Photos by Simon Norfolk - Faith is Torment | Art and Design Blog:
"Photos of two abandoned Soviet tanks in the war-ravaged Bamiyan Valley in Afghanistan taken in different seasons and shot from the same vantage point. The Bamiyan Valley was once famous for its 170-foot-tall Buddhas, which were destroyed by the Taliban in 2001. The images convey a sense of perseverance and strength, both human and natural, as we see the landscape change through the seasons."
Faith-is-Torment  photography  Afghanistan  landscape  war 
february 2015 by pierredv
The Tragedy of the American Military - The Atlantic
"The American public and its political leadership will do anything for the military except take it seriously. The result is a chickenhawk nation in which careless spending and strategic folly combine to lure America into endless wars it can’t win." "The most biting satirical novel to come from the Iraq-Afghanistan era, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, by Ben Fountain, is a takedown of our empty modern “thank you for your service” rituals." "Chickenhawk Nation, based on the derisive term for those eager to go to war, as long as someone else is going" "A chickenhawk nation is more likely to keep going to war, and to keep losing, than one that wrestles with long-term questions of effectiveness." "The country thinks too rarely, and too highly, of the 1 percent under fire in our name."
military  war  policy  defense  politics  usa  *  theAtlantic 
january 2015 by pierredv
SWATs, SWEATERs, and ANSWERs: Air Force gets serious about spectrum warfare
"First, the term "spectrum warfare" is evolving quickly well-understood mainstream usage, and second, spectrum warfare rapidly is taking its place as a top U.S. military priority. For the uninitiated, spectrum warfare is an umbrella term that comprises the hitherto separate military disciplines of electronic warfare, cyber warfare, optical warfare, and navigation warfare."
USAF  spectru-warfare  war  cyberwar  navigation  jamming  EW  electronic-warfare 
november 2014 by pierredv
BBC News - Lions and donkeys: 10 big myths about World War One debunked
via Jacques "Much of what we think we know about the 1914-18 conflict is wrong, writes historian Dan Snow. No war in history attracts more controversy and myth than World War One. For the soldiers who fought it was in some ways better than previous conflicts, and in some ways worse. By setting it apart as uniquely awful we are blinding ourselves to the reality of not just WW1 but war in general. We are also in danger of belittling the experience of soldiers and civilians caught up in countless other appalling conflicts throughout history and the present day."
history  ww1  myth  war  bbc 
january 2014 by pierredv
General Butt Naked: Warlord Blahyi Seeks Forgiveness in Liberia - SPIEGEL ONLINE
"For years, Joshua Milton Blahyi, better known as General Butt Naked, was one of Liberia's most feared warlords. Then he became a pastor. Today he visits the families of his victims to seek forgiveness for his sins."
compassion  CSMonitor  Spiegel  war  Liberia 
january 2014 by pierredv
General Principles | Burners.Me Burning Man commentary blog
essay starts slow, about Wesley Clark at Burning Man, but becomes a fascinating meditation on how much generals hate war
history  US  Lee  capitalism  Sherman  essays  BurningMan  war 
september 2013 by pierredv
The Daily Dot - This is the most interesting man on Wikipedia
"Forget that Dos Equis character. Lieutenant-General Sir Adrian Paul Ghislain Carton de Wiart is the most interesting man in all of Wikipedia."
heroes  stories  people  war 
july 2013 by pierredv
Global E-mail Patterns Reveal "Clash of Civilizations" | MIT Technology Review
"In 1992, the Harvard-based political scientist Samuel Hartington suggested that future conflicts would be driven largely by cultural differences. He went on to map out a new world order in which the people of the world are divided into nine culturally distinct civilisations." "But an interesting question is whether there is evidence at the social scale of a “Clash of Civilisations”. "Today, we get an answer of sorts thanks to the work of Bogdan State at Stanford University in California and a few pals. These guys have analysed a global database of e-mail messages, and their locations, sent by more than 10 million people over the space of a year. State and co say that the pattern of connections between these people, clearly reflects the civilisations mapped out by Huntington. In other words, the way we send e-mails is a reflection of the mesh of civilisations that is an important driver of future conflict."
social-networks  civilization  conflict  Huntington  war 
march 2013 by pierredv
Warmonger or idealist: the roots of human conflict - life - 25 September 2012 - New Scientist
"Homo sapiens is not a particularly violent species – we just have more worth fighting for than other animals" : "A deep commitment to defending group honour is an example of what psychologists call a sacred value. "These are values, usually shared across whole communities, that cannot be traded against material things like food or money," says Jeremy Ginges, a psychologist at The New School, New York. Sacred values are absolute, non-negotiable, and brook no compromise, which is why they loom large in many contemporary conflicts, says Atran." "Also in the Middle East, Atran and Ginges found that offering financial incentives to compromise on sacred values frequently backfires, leading to moral outrage and even stronger rejection of an offer. However, people were more willing to compromise if their opponents recognised their sacred values and made symbolic gestures to atone for past wrongs"
culture  conflict  NewScientist  war 
november 2012 by pierredv
John Allen’s emails to Jill Kelley: Why do generals like David Petraeus have extramarital affairs? - Slate Magazine
"Consider what a general does, especially a commanding general in wartime: He sends his soldiers into battle, knowing that some of them will die as a result of his decisions. That is the nature of the job, and has been for millennia. That doesn’t necessarily make generals bloodthirsty or immoral (I’ve met very few generals who fit that description), but it does require them to be supremely self-confident, even arrogant. When issuing their orders, they can’t display the slightest sign of ambivalence or hesitation. If they did, they would soon lose confidence among the ranks, and the army that they’re leading would fall apart."
x:slate  war  leadership  myth 
november 2012 by pierredv
Instructions for American Servicemen in Britain, 1942 - Boing Boing
"Instructions for American Servicemen in Britain is a fascinating and occasionally hilarious guide written for GIs headed to Britain—then half-ruined by war—in 1942. Subjects range from common-sense basics ("instead of railroads, automobiles, and radios, the British will talk about railways, motor-cars, and wireless") to subtle social pitfalls regarding race, sex and income. You can read it online for free; following are some choice excerpts."
via:stevencrowley  x:boingboing  war  history  culture 
november 2012 by pierredv
Lethal weapons and the evolution of civilisation - life - 19 October 2012 - New Scientist
"So, group living begat hunting, hunting spurred the development of weapons technology, and new weapons overthrew the alpha male and led to the emergence of cooperative tendencies. It's a neat story, but are lethal weapons really necessary to explain the transition from hierarchies based on brute strength to egalitarian living? " "Whatever allowed our ancestors to break free of hierarchical rule, egalitarianism proved remarkably successful, lasting for hundreds of thousands of years. Then, about 10,000 years ago, there was another massive political upheaval. The immediate catalyst was the invention of farming, and the increased trade it allowed. The result was a change in the way weapons were deployed. ... This led to a new kind of hierarchy dominated by a "Big Man" who did not need to be physically strong, just rich enough to pay a small cabal of armed and trusted subordinates to protect him." ... and then handguns led to democracy
NewScientist  war  evolution  culture 
november 2012 by pierredv
Class warfare. War on teachers. War on business. War in America? - commentary by Jeremy Shapiro
"Based on all the 'wars' partisan politicians claim their opponents are waging on innocent parts of America, it's a wonder any of us are still alive. The 'war' metaphor may win media coverage and rile voters, but it excludes the kind of debate that can actually solve problems."
war  metaphor  csmonitor  usa  politics 
november 2011 by pierredv
Technology monitor: Joining the drones club | The Economist Sep 2011
"THE future of air power is likely to be unmanned. It may also be surprisingly small. Reapers and Predators grab the headlines, but these big, high-profile drones are already outnumbered by small and cheap but capable craft. "
TheEconomist  surveillance  UAS  war  drones 
october 2011 by pierredv
Steven Pinker: Why Violence Is Vanishing - Sep 2011
A look at the numbers shows that over the course of our history, humankind has been blessed with six major declines of violence.
wsj  history  war 
september 2011 by pierredv
F-16 pilot was ready to give her life on Sept. 11 - The Washington Post
"Late in the morning of the Tuesday that changed everything, Lt. Heather “Lucky” Penney was on a runway at Andrews Air Force Base and ready to fly. She had her hand on the throttle of an F-16 and she had her orders: Bring down United Airlines Flight 93. The day’s fourth hijacked airliner seemed to be hurtling toward Washington. Penney, one of the first two combat pilots in the air that morning, was told to stop it. The one thing she didn’t have as she roared into the crystalline sky was live ammunition. Or missiles. Or anything at all to throw at a hostile aircraft. Except her own plane. So that was the plan."
war  911  military  terrorism  WashingtonPost 
september 2011 by pierredv
A decade after the 9/11 attacks, Americans live in an era of endless war - The Washington Post
Today, radical religious ideologies, new technologies and cheap, powerful weapons have catapulted the world into “a period of persistent conflict,” according to the Pentagon’s last major assessment of global security. “No one should harbor the illusion that the developed world can win this conflict in the near future,” the document concludes.
war  trend  USA  WashingtonPost 
september 2011 by pierredv
Peaceful World of Warcraft Player Hits Max Level Without Kills = The Escapist : News April 2011
"Fighting enemies is a big part of World of Warcraft. It even has "war" right there in the name, so you'd think whipping out a sword or spell from time to time to roast an evil turtle would be a requirement. Alas, it isn't, as a player recently hit the current level max of 85 without killing a single virtual foe."
via:richardbanks  pacifism  war  games 
april 2011 by pierredv
How the atom bomb helped give birth to the Internet
History of Cold War and Internet. Profiles of Paul Baran, Davies, RAND
war  cold-war  deterrence  RAND  history  internet 
february 2011 by pierredv
Baghdad in D Minor -
As eight musicians perform works by Bach on Wednesday at John Jay College, there will be a ninth man in the shadows, tapping away at a keyboard, keeping time. That man will be the photographer Chris Hondros, who will be accompanying the musicians on his computer, projecting 900 of his images of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
NYTimes  via:gmsv  photography  war  music  bach 
september 2010 by pierredv
You can't fight violence with violence - opinion Metin Başoğlu - 13 July 2010 - New Scientist
Psychology of vengeance "both humans and animals respond with anger and aggression to threats to their physical and psychological well-being and that retaliatory aggression attenuates the feelings of helplessness that arise from trauma"
ethics  psychology  war  morality  opinion  NewScientist 
august 2010 by pierredv
Global Guerrillas: JOURNAL: Open Source Warfare and IED Design Innovation
the "Flinstones land mine": "Without a power source, a blasting cap, or a single piece of wire or metal contact, it has no electromagnetic or metallic signature. Linked to a charge mixed up from odorless homemade explosives, packed beneath a dirt road, it would be all but impossible to detect"
via:andrewcurry  war 
august 2010 by pierredv
The Ghosts of World War II's Past (20 photos) - My Modern Metropolis
"Taking old World War II photos, Russian photographer Sergey Larenkov carefully photoshops them over more recent shots to make the past come alive. Not only do we get to experience places like Berlin, Prague, and Vienna in ways we could have never imagined, more importantly, we are able to appreciate our shared history in a whole new and unbelievably meaningful way."
photography  history  war  europe  *** 
august 2010 by pierredv
Afghanistan war: lessons from the Soviet war / The Christian Science Monitor -
Edward Girardet, Monitor reporter since 1979 This analysis has just changed my mind on the Afghanistan War Girardet compares 1982 with today. From page 3: "The Soviets thought they could subdue Afghanistan through brute force, political indoctrination, and bribes. They wanted to put across the notion that their form of government had far more to offer than the jihad embraced by the mujahideen. They lost."
war  afghanistan  csmonitor 
march 2010 by pierredv
Aftermath / The Christian Science Monitor -
picture gallery of work by the Aftermath Project, led by Sara Terry. Tag line: "War is only half the story"
Covered in "People making a difference" column, Feb 21, 2010
photography  csmonitor  war  images 
february 2010 by pierredv
Insurgents Hack U.S. Drones -
Militants in Iraq have used $26 off-the-shelf software to intercept live video feeds from U.S. Predator drones, potentially providing them with information they need to evade or monitor U.S. military operations
war  hacking  x:wsj  iraq 
december 2009 by pierredv
Common ecology quantifies human insurgency : Nature
From abstract: the sizes and timing of violent events within different insurgent conflicts exhibit remarkable similarities. We propose a unified model of human insurgency that reproduces these commonalities, and explains conflict-specific variations quantitatively in terms of underlying rules of engagement. Our model treats each insurgent population as an ecology of dynamically evolving, self-organized groups following common decision-making processes
ecology  power-law  war  conflict  NatureJournal 
december 2009 by pierredv
Irreducible Semi-Autonomous Adaptive Combat (ISAAC): An Artificial-Life Approach to Land Warfare
"This study is a follow-on effort to a recently completed project, sponsored by the Commanding General, Marine Corps Combat Development Command (MCCDC), that assessed the general applicability of the "new sciences" to land warfare. "New sciences" is a catch-all phrase that refers to the tools and methodologies used in nonlinear dynamics and complex systems theory to study physical dynamical systems that exhibit a "complicated dynamics.""
complexity  war  simulation  agentbasedmodeling  filetype:pdf  media:document 
march 2009 by pierredv
An American Jew in Israel sees two sides to peace |
an essay about an American Jew's visit to Israel, and his interaction with Amit (an Israeli soldier just back from the horrors of Gaza) and Anan (a Palestinian business man who is just as tired of war)
war  stories  csmonitor  Israel 
february 2009 by pierredv
Cyberwar in America | The worm turns | The Economist
Consequences of USB dongle-born worm for US military
"In the civilian world, at least one bank has dealt with agent.btz by blocking all its computers’ USB ports with glue. Every bit of portable memory in the sprawling American military establishment now needs to be scrubbed clean before it can be used again. In the meantime, soldiers will find it hard or outright impossible to share, say, vital digital maps, let alone synch their iPods or exchange pictures with their families."
computer  security  war  via:economist 
december 2008 by pierredv
How warfare shaped human evolution - life - 12 November 2008 - New Scientist
Human warfare is different from chimps. Particularly in males, you see coalitional aggression. With implication that cooperation comes from warfare.
NewScientist  war  psychology 
december 2008 by pierredv
To fight future cyberbattles, Air Force recruiting part-time geeks |
China is worried about Windows back doors - this won't help. Microsoft will be a global company - and not a US-based multinational - when it doesn't mind that its Chinese employees moonlight for the Red Army's cyber command. Bet that's not the case today
china  microsoft  war  CSMonitor 
june 2008 by pierredv
WW1: Experiences of an English Soldier
This blog is made up of transcripts of Harry Lamin's letters from the first World War. The letters will be posted exactly 90 years after they were written.
blogs  war  history 
january 2008 by pierredv
A nuclear family vacation. - By Nathan Hodge and Sharon Weinberger - Slate Magazine
Profile of Yonas at Sandia, incl. talk of wicked problems and slide show of atomic artefacts in the desert
travel  hardproblems  war 
december 2006 by pierredv
Today's Must-Read | TPMCafe
leaked memo from Ambassador Khalizad to Secretary Rice on the state of affairs in Iraq
war  iraq 
june 2006 by pierredv

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