Possible Scenarios and Maneuvers for Cyber Operational Area

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Cyberspace is considered to be a military operation area such as land, sea, air and space in most countries. Cyber weapons which are computer codes designed to threaten or harm the systems or human beings physically, functionally or psychologically; can be used either to create kinetic effects as a facilitator for conventional target attacks or cause large‐scale death or destruction by modifying the parameters of a system or database. It is not able to occupy the enemy territory only with cyber warfare without a physical combat, but a severe asymmetric damage can be given to the enemy by exploiting the surprise attack or the far distance principle. If both a ballistic missile and a computer virus have the ability to disable a target, the virus will be preferred naturally. The real threat to armed forces is the closed military networks being exposed to cyber attacks via electromagnetic energy. In this study, possible scenarios for cyber operational environment and measures to be taken are examined through doctrinal and operational aspects. The required skills to gain and maintain the superiority over this new area are discussed by evaluating cyber power as a decisive force multiplier when used carefully and correctly at appropriate time.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the13th European Conference on Cyber Warfare and Security
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)978‐1‐910309-25-4
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • cyber attacks
  • closed networks
  • cyber electronic warfare
  • cyber planning and maneuvering
  • cyber strategy and doctrines
  • cyber command

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