Germany's Current Cyber Strategy

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While wars continue to rage in the middle east and tensions build over increasingly hostile Russian military activity, a silent and often forgotten battle is being waged on a battlefield unable to be seen. This battlefield is located in cyberspace and may determine and shape the future of all prospective battles and wars to come. In this paper, we will look at two separate countries, Belgium, and Russia, and examine what their cyber strategies are pertaining to warfare and defense or security, and current capabilities of these countries regarding cyber-attacks or warfare. We will also be looking at the potential risks these countries present to the United States and the best was the United States can defend against these potential or emerging threats. First, let us examine Belgium’s current cyber strategy. Belgium is primarily focused on defensive with almost no offensive capabilities or intent being listed throughout the 18-page document. The only mention of any possible offensive operations is the “right to self-defense”, but even this has multiple constraints on it to include, but limited to, initial attacker, the location, the necessity to respond, the principle of proportionality. They also put a limit on the level of authorized retaliation to the following: “The reaction must be in proportion to the extent of the attack and must be aimed at stopping it (ACOS STRAT, 2014).” From a defensive perspective, Belgium has set some very high standards and goals with an
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