Hitting Home: Cyber-Hybrid Warfare in Ukraine and Its Impact on the United States

Author
Yuriy Danyk, Chad Michael Briggs, Tamara Maliarchuk
Content Type
Special Report
Institution
Georgetown Journal of International Affairs
Abstract
The conflict in Ukraine has received renewed attention in Washington D.C., and it is worth considering the relevance of this conflict to US national security interests. The open conflict in eastern Ukraine since 2014 has been part of a larger hybrid war, including political and information warfare, cyber warfare, assassinations, promotion of corruption, and traditional (kinetic) warfare carried out by destructive geopolitical actors (DGAs) [1]. The conventional conflict cannot be taken out of context, and it is the less visible and “dark” aspects of hybrid warfare that should particularly worry the United States. Hybrid warfare consists of a wide spectrum of attacks, from conventional to covert, carried out to destabilize one’s opponent. Rather than being isolated incidents, cyber attacks often represent part of a wide spectrum of coordinated, offensive strategies against countries like Ukraine and the United States.
Topic
National Security, War, Cybersecurity, Conflict
Political Geography
Europe, Ukraine, North America, United States of America