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University of New South Wales at the Australian Defence Force Academy

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Northcott Drvive

Campbell, ACT 2612

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Seminar: Warfare is a human endeavour; a coercive battle of wills on an international political stage. In the history of warfare, the use of cyberspace is a new and rapidly emerging concept, with much focus on the technology available and its potential employment. The focus on emerging technology may obscure the human element of warfare in the cyber domain, limiting discussion on the battle of wills and ways of warfare. Concurrent with the rapid expansion of technology and toolsets, care is required to ensure diplomatic and military efforts are aligned with political intent through strategy. Such strategy is influenced by a state’s strategic culture, generating potential alternate international perspectives and opinions. Since its genesis in the nuclear strategy debate of the Cold War, strategic culture has provided a means through which to understand cultural influences on strategy. This presentation by Lt Col Andy Williams will explore the concepts of strategic culture and examine the potential to analyse a state’s cyber strategy in this context. The presentation will discuss Australian strategic culture and cyberspace operations capability as articulated in policy.

Lieutenant Colonel Andy Williams is a career military officer with 25 years experience, predominantly in the Royal Australian Corps of Signals. He specialises in the development of electronic warfare and other intelligence and information warfare related capabilities, including postings and operational deployments with Australian and allied forces. Lieutenant Colonel Williams is a member of the UNSW Canberra Research Group on Cyber War and Peace. He was awarded the 2017 Chief of Defence Force Fellowship to undertake elements of his doctoral research which lies at the intersection of the Strategic Studies and Cyber Security fields.

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