Lessons of Wikileaks: The U.S. Needs a Counterinsurgency Strategy for Cyberspace

The Heritage Foundation Backgrounder, No. 2560, 2011

7 Pages Posted: 14 Jul 2011  

Paul Rosenzweig

George Washington University School of Law; The Heritage Foundation

Date Written: May 31, 2011

Abstract

Over the past 10 years, the United States has devoted significant resources to the development of a counterinsurgency strategy for fighting non-traditional enemies on the ground. As the global scandal caused by the unauthorized publication of classified government material on the infamous WikiLeaks Web site has demonstrated, it is time for a counterinsurgency strategy in cyberspace as well. While the U.S. government has authored a number of cybersecurity strategies, they all focus too much on technology and not enough on a comprehensive approach to battling cyber insurgency. This paper explains what the U.S. should do if it wants to win the escalating cyber battle.

Suggested Citation

Rosenzweig, Paul, Lessons of Wikileaks: The U.S. Needs a Counterinsurgency Strategy for Cyberspace (May 31, 2011). The Heritage Foundation Backgrounder, No. 2560, 2011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1884336

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