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President Obama and the Changing Cyber Paradigm

11 Pages Posted: 16 Jan 2011 Last revised: 9 Jun 2015

Eric Talbot Jensen

Brigham Young University School of Law

Date Written: January 31, 2011


Among the most important issues for American National Security is the national response to the growing threat from cyber activities. This threat is both ubiquitous and potentially catastrophic as recently demonstrated by both the recent decision by the UK to prioritize cyber capabilities over putting in service an air-capable aircraft carrier and the targeted effectiveness of the STUXNET worm. The evolving cyber paradigm will force the United States to reevaluate the way in which it thinks of both national security and the concept of armed conflict. To combat this threat, President Obama must refocus America’s attention, by both reallocating the primary governmental responsibility for cyber security and overhauling the public-private partnership that he has made a key component of his cyber strategy.

Keywords: Cyber, Law of War, Law of Armed Conflict, Computer, Public, Private, Partnership, Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, STUXNET

JEL Classification: K11, K12, K33, O33, O38

Suggested Citation

Jensen, Eric Talbot, President Obama and the Changing Cyber Paradigm (January 31, 2011). William Mitchell Law Review, Vol. 37, No. 5049, 2011. Available at SSRN:

Eric Talbot Jensen (Contact Author)

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