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Brandishing cyberattack capabilities

Brandishing cyberattack capabilities

Libicki, Martin C., author

Deterrence is possible only when others have at least a good idea of possible U.S. military reprisals, but cyberattack capabilities resist such demonstration. This report explores ways they can be and under what circumstances, then goes on to examine the difficulties and the drawbacks. Such "brandishing" is no panacea and could even backfire if misinterpreted. Its success also relies on the strength of other elements of the deterrence posture

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Published Santa Monica, CA : RAND Corporation 2013

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Statement of responsibility: Martin C. Libicki
ISBN: 0833080040, 0833080059, 9780833080042, 9780833080059
Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Note: Print version record.
Note: "National Defense Research Institute."
Note: "Prepared for the Office of the Secretary of Defense."
Physical Description: 1 online resource.
Series: RAND Corporation research report series ; RR175
Subject: POLITICAL SCIENCE International Relations Arms Control.; Cyberterrorism United States.; Information warfare.; Deterrence (Strategy); Information warfare United States.; TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING Military Science.; HISTORY Military Other.; Cyberterrorism.; United States.
Series Title: RAND Corporation research report series ; RR175.
Local note: JSTOR Books at JSTOR Open Access


  1. No May Day parades
  2. The broad effects of brandishing cyberattack capabilities
  3. Brandishing cyberattack in a nuclear confrontation
  4. Conclusions.