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The protection of cyberspace, the information medium, has become a vital national interest because of its importance both to the economy and to military power. An attacker may tamper with networks to steal information for money or to disrupt operations. Future wars are likely to be carried out, in part or perhaps entirely, in cyberspace. It might therefore seem obvious that maneuvering in cyberspace is like maneuvering in other media, but nothing would be more misleading. Cyberspace has its own laws. It is easy to hide identities and difficult to predict or even understand battle damage, and attacks deplete themselves quickly. Cyberwar is nothing so much as the manipulation of ambiguity. Martin Libicki explores these topics in detail and uses the results to address such issues as the pros and cons of counterattack, the value of deterrence and vigilance, and other actions the United States and the U.S. Air Force can take to protect itself in the face of deliberate cyberattack. Praise for Conquest in Cyberspace: "Conquest in Cyberspace is an admirable work. It covers much territory and serves the important role of provoking thought and redirecting inquiry. By crossing disciplinary boundaries, Martin Libicki has enriched our understanding of the relationship between information technology and international politics."-Chris Bronk, Journal of Information Technology & PoliticsShow more