The Decision to Attack by Aaron Franklin Brantly

The Decision to Attack by Aaron Franklin Brantly

Disclaimer: I received a review copy of this book from NetGalley.

I decided to read this book because I thought it would provide an interesting look at the new wave, or new front of warfare going into the 21st Century, the cyber war. And I must say that this is a very up to date book with respect to some of the issues such as the Stuxnet attacks on Iran, as well as other engagements. I must say however that this book – rather than trying to provide a history of cyber warfare – is an examination of the political decision-making process which is, or should be, involved in going to war on this front.

I have a vague idea of game theory, generally speaking, and a lot of this book really just went over my head. There are a lot of what one might call mathematical equations to establish the circumstances, or justifications where the use of cyber offensives might be appropriate. The author also does a good job of trying to break these down into plain English for us mere mortals.

All in all – if you skip over the bits which are not necessarily of interest to you – this is an interesting book that raises questions about the deficiencies in current processes, using critical analysis of recent events, in conjunction with academic theory, in an emergent area of warfare. It does somewhat belabour the point, and I am aware that there are other books out there which analyse specific attacks or incidents if one were interested in pursuing that line of reading, and perhaps those are more up my alley in the future.

3 stars

The Decision to Attack by Aaron Franklin Brantly

The Decision to Attack by Aaron Franklin Brantly

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