US Army uses science fiction prototyping to illustrate the dangers of cyberwarfare

Signal of change / US Army uses science fiction prototyping to illustrate the dangers of cyberwarfare

By Shola Powell / 12 Apr 2018

The Army Cyber Institute (ACI) at West Point, New York, has recently launched the first in a series of four comic books to depict emerging cyber threats it has identified. The books were created in collaboration with the Threatcasting Lab at Arizona State University and model possible threats in the near future, in which the US forces are not always victorious.

The series begins with The Dark Hammer, followed by Silent Run, Engineering a Traitor, and 11/25/27 and are free and downloadable for the public.

So what?

As technology advances and cyber becomes more prominent, many aspects of life, including warfare, will change. The US army is using science fiction prototyping and other techniques to combat complacency among US forces and motivate troops to think beyond the strategies used in a pre-cyber era.

Lt. Col. Natalie Vanatta explains, “What if cyber is potentially a game changer because there is a lower bar to entry for some of our adversaries to get in? … How do we prepare ourselves for that?”

How do you think cyberwarfare will impact global power dynamics, which have remained mostly unchanged for the past 80 years?

Sources

https://spectrum.ieee.org/telecom/security/to-illustrate-the-dangers-of-cyberwarfare-the-army-is-turning-to-scifi

What might the implications of this be? What related signals of change have you seen?

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