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RUSSIAN CYBER OPERATIONS TO DESTABILIZE NATO

dc.contributor.advisorJasper, Scott E.
dc.contributor.authorChristian, Joshua D.
dc.contributor.departmentNational Security Affairs (NSA)
dc.contributor.secondreaderHuntley, Wade L.
dc.date.accessioned2020-08-21T00:25:23Z
dc.date.available2020-08-21T00:25:23Z
dc.date.issued2020-06
dc.description.abstractCyber operations are constantly evolving as states discover new tactics to achieve strategic goals. Thus far, they have remained below the threshold for armed conflict by operating within the gray zone. Since 2008, Russia has demonstrated a preference for using cyber operations with the primary goal to weaken enemies of the state and achieve strategic objectives delineated in Russian grand strategy. This thesis examines the intersection between Russian cyber operations and grand strategy to weaken NATO. Russian grand strategy attempts to strengthen its position as a world power, in part, by utilizing cyber operations as a tool to destabilize adversaries. Specifically, their cyber operations fundamentally changed the way information is disseminated to sow discord in NATO societies, with the ultimate goal of sabotaging elections and democratic processes. Russian cyber operations also attempt to destabilize the security of NATO member states through cyberattacks against critical infrastructure. Russia’s advances to grow its power have put it on a path to directly challenge the regional power balance with itself, NATO, and other European states. Russia’s hegemonic goals and threat perceptions of NATO as a potential cyber target are critical developments to recognize and respond to present and future cyber operations. It is essential that NATO policymakers understand the ramifications of these cyber operations in order to preserve NATO security and stability.en_US
dc.description.distributionstatementApproved for public release. distribution is unlimiteden_US
dc.description.serviceEnsign, United States Navyen_US
dc.identifier.thesisid33018
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10945/65491
dc.publisherMonterey, CA; Naval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.rightsThis publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.en_US
dc.subject.authorRussiaen_US
dc.subject.authorNATOen_US
dc.subject.authorcyberen_US
dc.subject.authorcyberattacken_US
dc.subject.authorcyber operationen_US
dc.subject.authorcritical infrastructureen_US
dc.subject.authordisinformationen_US
dc.subject.authorgrand strategyen_US
dc.subject.authorgray zoneen_US
dc.titleRUSSIAN CYBER OPERATIONS TO DESTABILIZE NATOen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dspace.entity.typePublication
etd.thesisdegree.disciplineSecurity Studies (Strategic Studies)en_US
etd.thesisdegree.grantorNaval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
etd.thesisdegree.levelMastersen_US
etd.thesisdegree.nameMaster of Arts in Security Studies (Strategic Studies)en_US
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