American Perspectives on Cyber and Security: Coining the Linguistic Tradition

ABSTRACT

Politicians can no longer escape commenting on cyber issues, which has made cyber discourse part of everyday politics. This article approaches political statements on 'cyber' and analyzes cyber discourse in the context of information operations. The empiricism of the article consists of language analysis, which covers both structural and semantic aspects of political cyber discourse. The results show that cyber is a synonym to threat: The U.S. has the identity of the vulnerable and technologically outdated, while the enemy is skilled and resourceful. This normalization of threat has become part of cyber discourse and legitimizes the exceptional security measures.


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Photo of Saara Jantunen

Doctrine Division, Finnish Defence Forces Research Agency

Saara Jantunen holds a Master's degree in English language and culture and a PhD in military science. Her research interests include communication concepts and doctrine and the semiotics of war. Currently, she works as a researcher for the Finnish Defence Forces.

Photo of Aki-Mauri Huhtinen

Finnish National Defence University Helsinki
Finland

Dr. Aki-Mauri Huhtinen, (LTC [GS]) is a military professor in the Department of Leadership and Military Pedagogy at the Finnish National Defence University, Helsinki, Finland. His areas of expertise are military leadership, command and control, the philosophy of science in military organisational research, and the philosophy of war. He has published peer-reviewed journal articles, a book chapter, and books on information warfare and non-kinetic influence in the battle space. He has also organised and led several research and development projects in the Finnish Defence Forces from 2005 to 2015.

 

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Keywords

A

AI
APT

C

C2
C2S
CDX
CIA
CIP
CPS

D

DNS
DoD
DoS

I

IA
ICS

S

SOA

X

XRY

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