Date of Graduation

Fall 2008


Master of Science in Defense and Strategic Studies


Defense and Strategic Studies

Committee Chair

Bradley Thayer


Cyberwarfare, Cyberspace, Computer Network Operations, Electronic Warfare, Information Warfare, Irregular Warfare, U.S. Defense Policy, People’s Republic of China, Republic of China, Taiwan

Subject Categories

Defense and Security Studies


This thesis is a plausibility probe that examines cyberwarfare (CyW) issues as they relate to the Sino-U.S. relationship, particularly the People's Republic of China's (PRC) CyW capabilities and strategy and associated implications for U.S. national security. I argue the PRC is investing in CyW capabilities capable of not only robust intelligence collection but also to achieve major military effects in deterrence, limited, and total war scenarios. In light of PRC capabilities and the U.S. reliance on the cyber domain, U.S. vulnerabilities remain significant and must be vigorously addressed.


© Brian M. Mazanec

Campus Only