The Army Cyber Institute at West Point, in New York has recently launched the first in a series of four comic books to depict emerging cyber threats identified by the ACI. 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 U.S. 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.
As technology advances and cyber becomes more prominent, many aspects of life, including warfare, will change. The U.S. army is using science fiction prototyping and other techniques to combat complacency among U.S. 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 will countries’ use of cyberwarfare impact global power dynamics which have remained mostly unchanged for the past 80 years?