19 May 2022, 16:00-17:00 (CET)

No Shortcuts: Why States Struggle to Develop a Military Cyber-Force, with Max Smeets

Monthly Seminar Series

In our May seminar, we welcome Max Smeets for a talk on his new book No Shortcuts: Why States Struggle to Develop a Military Cyber-Force.

This seminar will be held online on Zoom. You can register here.

About No Shortcuts

Over the past decade, numerous states have declared cyberspace as a new domain of warfare, sought to develop a military cyber strategy and establish a cyber command. These developments have led to much policy talk and concern about the future of warfare as well as the digital vulnerability of society. No Shortcuts provides a level-headed view of where we are in the militarization of cyberspace.

In this book, Max Smeets bridges the divide between technology and policy to assess the necessary building blocks for states to develop a military cyber capacity. Smeets argues that for many states, the barriers to entry into conflict in cyberspace are currently too high. Accompanied by a wide range of empirical examples, Smeets shows why governments abilities to develop military cyber capabilities might change over time and explains the limits of capability transfer by states and private actors.

About Max Smeets

Max Smeets is Senior Researcher at the Center for Security Studies, Zurich; Director of the European Cyber Conflict Research Initiative; and an affiliate at Stanford’s Center for International Security and Cooperation. He publishes widely on cyber-statecraft, strategy and risk, including in The Washington Post, War on the Rocks and Slate.