Cyber operations have become another tool of statecraft. But have any cyber operations sponsored by Russia, China, Iran, or North Korea met the definition of cyber coercion? If so, how? And what should the United States do to respond?
National Security Research Division
Blog Posts and Media Coverage
The Emerging Risk of Virtual Societal Warfare: Social Manipulation in a Changing Information Environment 2019
The evolution of advanced information environments is rapidly creating a new category of possible cyberaggression that involves efforts to manipulate or disrupt the information foundations of the effective functioning of economic and social systems. RAND researchers are calling this growing threat virtual societal warfare in an analysis of its characteristics and implications for the future.
Disputes over the regional order in post-Soviet Europe and Eurasia are at the core of the breakdown in relations between Russia and the West and have created major security and economic challenges for states caught in between. The authors of this volume propose a new approach to the regional order that bridges current disagreements on the security architecture, economic integration, and regional conflicts.
Understanding Behavioral Health Technicians Within the Military: A Review of Training, Practice, and Professional Development 2019
The demands that military behavioral health technicians face have evolved as the armed services' needs have changed. Is this valuable component of the Military Health System mental health care workforce adequately prepared? Are their skills being put to the best use? The authors provide preliminary insights on selection, training, roles, and responsibilities. These recommendations will help to optimize their training and roles in the field.
Military behavioral health technicians provide clinical services alongside licensed independent behavioral health providers, but they may not get the training and support they need or opportunities to use their full range of skills.
As a central locus of the competition between Russia and the West for the future of Europe, the Black Sea region raises several critical questions: What is Russia's strategy there? How do Russian instruments of influence and military developments support that strategy? What key interests do other Black Sea littoral states want to advance and protect? What are the elements of a sustainable Western strategy to protect those interests?
The authors of this report examine cases from Russia, China, Iran, and North Korea to understand whether and how states use cyber operations to coerce other states or actors, and highlight the challenges of identifying cyber coercion. They also propose ways to develop a deeper understanding of cyber coercion and how to counter it.