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Luftmaktsteori i cyberrymden: En fallstudie av Wardens teori på cyberattacken Stuxnet
Swedish Defence University.
2017 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

John A. Warden III is renowned as one of the theorists closest to devising a new paradigm in air power. His praised theory about the enemy as a system has showed applicable on terrorist organizations amongst other areas.

The most recent developed domain for warfare is the so-called “cyberspace”. There is an on-going debate concerning the importance and definition of this domain and furthermore what potential and challenges it withholds as a future arena for warfare. Some claims that a cyberattack can’t be seen as an act of war due to its lack of physical violence.

Previous research show however a lack in application of theories within this domain. This thesis therefore aims to examine to which extent Warden’s theory of the enemy as a system could be applied to the cyberattack known as Stuxnet.

Results show that Warden’s theory have some applicatory power on the cyberattack Stuxnet, although primarily in an indirect aspect. This study therefore shows an ability concerning the theory’s applicatory power on other areas than air power.

The findings of the research regarding previous arguments about cyberwar also states that a cyberattack now could be seen as physical violent.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017. , 43 p.
Keyword [sv]
Warden, enemy as a system, motståndaren som ett system, parallell attack, cyber, cyberkrigföring, Stuxnet
National Category
Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified
URN: urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-6790OAI: diva2:1120873
Subject / course
War Studies, Thesis
Educational program
Officersprogrammet (OP)

Uppsatsen skriven VT 2017 under Termin 4 Officersprogrammet 15-18 med inriktning mot flyg. Examen genomförs VT 2018.

Available from: 2017-07-12 Created: 2017-07-07 Last updated: 2017-07-12Bibliographically approved

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