Cashing In on Cyberpower : How Interdependent Actors Seek Economic Outcomes in a Digital World

As the world has become increasingly digitally interconnected, military leaders and other actors are ditching symmetric power strategies in favor of cyberstrategies. Cyberpower enables actors to change actual economic outcomes without the massive resource investment required for military force deployments.

Cashing In on Cyberpower addresses the question, Why and to what end are state and nonstate actors using cybertools to influence economic outcomes? The most devastating uses of cyberpower can include intellectual property theft, espionage to uncover carefully planned trade strategies, and outright market manipulation through resource and currency values.

Offering eight hypotheses to address this central question, Mark T. Peters II considers every major cyberattack (almost two hundred) over the past ten years, providing both a quick reference and a comparative analysis. He also develops new case studies depicting the 2010 intellectual property theft of a gold-detector design from the Australian Codan corporation, the 2012 trade negotiation espionage in the Japanese Trans-Pacific Partnership preparations, and the 2015 cyberattacks on Ukrainian SCADA systems. All these hypotheses combine to identify new data and provide a concrete baseline of how leaders use cybermeans to achieve economic outcomes.

Vij Books
  • Pages: 280
  • 9789386457882 • HARDBACK • Jun 2018 • Rs.995
  • Subjects: Cyber Issues, Cyberpower
  • Cashing In on Cyberpower : How Interdependent Actors Seek Economic Outcomes in a Digital World
author details
Lt Col Mark T. Peters II, DSS is the Chief, Operations Division, 625 Operations Center, Lackland AFB, TX. A career intelligence officer, Master Cyberspace Operator and joint staff qualified, he previously served as Squadron Commander for the 18 Intelligence Squadron. Lt Col Peters earned his doctorate in 2016 from Henley-Putnam University. He has published numerous book reviews for Strategic Studies Quarterly and Air and Space Power Journal, as well as articles in other scholarly journals including the Journal of Law and Cyberwarfare. 

He was commissioned upon graduation from the United States Air Force Academy in May, 1997 and has been married to his wife, Beatrice for only six months less. He has served at every level throughout his career. Lt Col Peters provided unit intelligence as the Senior Intelligence Officer for the 4th Fighter Wing’s F-15E Strike Eagles as well as tactical support to the 4th Fighter Squadron’s F-16 Fighting Falcons. During his staff assignments, he executed USAFE/A2 network operations, coordinated intelligence to acquisition programs, and served a joint tour with the National Security Agency/Central Security Service’s Plans and Exercises Division. He has deployed in support of Operations ALLIED FORCE, ENDURING FREEDOM, IRAQI FREEDOM, NOBLE EAGLE, SOUTHERN WATCH and UNIFIED PROTECTOR. His most recent awards include leading the 2013 AFMC ISR Division of the Year and recognition in both 2014 and 2015 as leading the 25 AF Electronic Warfare Squadron of the year .

He enjoys reading and competitive sports, frequently reading for review books for other publications and is a brown belt in judo. As a younger athlete, he wrestled for the Air Force Academy, then coached wrestling for about 10 years while competing in North American Strongman from 2001 to 2011, and briefly as a hurler with the Baltimore Bohs and a rugby prop with the Dayton Flying Pigs before settling down to Judo.