Carnegie Mellon University

Concepts of War and Cyber War

Course Number: 84-688

concepts-war-cyber-war.jpgThis course examines traditional theories, concepts, and practices in international relations and warfare -- conventional, unconventional, and modern -- and relates them to the emerging dynamics of cyber war. The principal concepts examined in this course reflect, have shaped, and continue to shape state and non-state actor behaviors and their calculations of how to prepare for and prosecute warfare. These include, among others, conventional and nuclear deterrence, offense-defense dynamics, first-strike capabilities, and irregular warfare. The course will focus on theory but will leverage history, military doctrine, and cases to highlight the challenges of integrating cyber war into defense planning and practice. Students will be challenged to consider how the 2009 introduction of cyberspace as a war-fighting domain -- in addition to land, maritime, air, and space -- affects the ways that scholars and practitioners, operating with force structures and strategic, operational, and tactical concepts that are decades, if not centuries, old, conceive of and practice warfare in the twenty-first century. The principal objective of this course is to introduce students to cyber war within the context of traditional, and emerging, concepts of armed and unarmed warfare. This course will focus on two core areas: 1) a discussion of traditional concepts of warfare in the physical domains; and, 2) a discussion of cyber war and its intersection with these traditional concepts.

Academic Year: 2022-2023
Semester(s): Fall, Mini 2
Required/Elective: Elective
Units: 6
Location(s): Pittsburgh

Fall 2022
Mini 2
6:40-9:30 PM

Master of Science in International Relations and Politics: International Security concentration

Master of Information Technology Strategy: Politics and Strategy concentration