Securing Freedom in the Global Commons

ISBN-10: 0804770115

ISBN-13: 9780804770118

Edition: 2010

Authors: Scott Jasper

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The new millennium has brought with it an ever-expanding range of threats to global security: from cyber attacks to blue-water piracy to provocative missile tests. Now, more than ever then, national security and prosperity depend on the safekeeping of a global system of mutually supporting networks of commerce, communication, and governance. The global commonsouter space, international waters, international airspace, and cyberspaceare assets outside of national jurisdiction that serve as essential conduits for these networks, facilitating the free flow of trade, finance, information, people, and technology. These commons also comprise much of the international security environment, enabling the physical and virtual movement and operations of allied forces. Securing freedom of use of the global commons is therefore fundamental to safeguarding the global system. Unfortunately, the fact that civil and military operations in the commons are inherently interwoven and technically interdependent makes them susceptible to intrusion. This intrinsic vulnerability confronts the international defense community with profound challenges in preserving access to the commons while countering elemental and systemic threats to the international order from both state and non-state actors. In response, the authors of this volumea team of distinguished academics and international security practitionersdescribe the military-operational requirements for securing freedom of action in the commons. Collaborating from diverse perspectives, they examine initiatives and offer frameworks that are designed to minimize vulnerabilities and preserve advantages, while recognizing that global security must be underscored by international cooperation and agreements. The book is written for security professionals, policy makers, policy analysts, military officers in professional military education programs, students of security studies and international relations, and anyone wishing to understand the challenges we face to our use of the global commons.
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List price: $25.95
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Stanford University Press
Publication date: 2/10/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

List of Illustrations
List of Acronyms
Disruptions in the Commons
Determinants of Security
Strategic Trends and Drivers
The Changing Security Environment
Indistinct Legal Regimes
Challenges To Freedom
Maritime Security
Cyberspace Control
Space Assurance
Ballistic Missile Defense
Air Superiority
Sea Control
Thinking Across Commons
Leadership for Complexity and Adaptability
Advanced Technology Enablers
Integrated Training Systems
About the Authors
Selected Bibliography
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