Cyberwarfare in Intelligence and Military Operations - ( short course)

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Cyberwarfare in Intelligence and Military Operations

This short course equips the student with a critical understanding of the opportunities and vulnerabilities faced when planning to deploy cyber capabilities as part of an integrated operation to enhance the overall impact achieved through military action or in planning a full spectrum response against a deliberate cyber intrusion which was intended to cause damage, disruption or destruction against our systems.

This module can be taken as an Accredited Short Course.

At a glance
01 - 05 Jun 2020
Duration 5 days
Location Cranfield University at Shrivenham
Cost £3,600 - Accredited Short Course fee Concessions available
Course structure
The course will be delivered using both compulsory residential and online activities.
What you will learn

• assess the main elements and key management issues in the planning and conduct of cyberspace operations as part of a full spectrum approach,
• assess theories of decision-making and sense-making in terms of their utility in effects planning and cyber operations,
• assess the implications of the changing operational environment for those conducting full spectrum operations in the information age,
• assess the applicability of existing academic theories, national strategies and doctrine on cyber operations,
• assess how existing military and intelligence planning considerations apply in cyberspace.


• estimate key factors and associated planning assumptions to support a military commander’s operational estimate,
• critically evaluate differing international perspectives on cyber policy, strategy and doctrine,
• assess the effectiveness of cyber capabilities,
• appraise the legal and ethical considerations in the context of conducting cyber operations either as part of a military operation or outside of conflict,
• evaluate and recommend appropriate courses of action to a primary stakeholder for cyberspace operations.

Core content

  • Current doctrine, policy and strategies - assessment
  • Doctrines to be considered could include that of: the UK and their allies,
  • national cyber security strategies,
  • other national concepts of operation for cyber,
  • associated organisation of cyber capabilities.


Constructs, concepts, cases of – critical review

Concepts to be considered could include:

  • cyber domain and the information environment,
  • cyber power,
  • cyberwar,
  • computer network operations (CNO),
  • electronic warfare,
  • cyber electromagnetic activities (CEMA),
  • information warfare and operations,
  • cyber influence,
  • command and control warfare,
  • media operations and public affairs,
  • cyber intelligence,
  • integrated planning,
  • defence in depth,
  • commander’s responsibilities.

Existing academic theories and their applicability in Cyberspace – assessment

Example theories could include:

  • asymmetric and contested warfare and threat actor motivations,
  • attribution,
  • collective security,
  • defence,
  • deterrence,
  • deception (military deception, cyber deception, camouflage, concealment and denial),
  • espionage,
  • sabotage and subversion,
  • intelligence and information requirements,
  • the security dilemma,
  • sense-making and decision-making,
  • sovereignty.

Military Planning Considerations and their applicability in Cyberspace – assessment

This could cover topics such as:

  • full spectrum operations,
  • hybrid warfare,
  • fusion warfare,
  • effects (cognitive effects and behaviour change, deny, degrade, disrupt, destroy, deter, etc),
  • the applicability of concepts in cyberspace such as attack,
  • defend and exploit,
  • manoeuvre and lethality,
  • legality (ius ad bellum, ius in bello),
  • ethics,
  • proportionality and collateral damage,
  • target systems analysis,
  • target audience analysis,
  • targeting and intelligence.

Evolving technologies and cyberspace landscape

Covering topics such as:

  • autonomy and artificial intelligence,
  • active defence,
  • offensive cyber,
  • scada and communications systems,
  • anonymity, ubiquity, scale and  reach.

Upgrade to a professional qualification
After successful completion of this Accredited Short Course, 10 credit points can be put towards the Cyberspace Operations MSc.

 Find out more about short course credit points.

Who should attend
Students must have successfully completed Foundations: Management of Cyber in order to take this as an Accredited Short Course.

Robert Black  

A limited number of MOD sponsored places are available.

Location and travel
Cranfield Defence and Security (CDS) is a Cranfield School based at the Ministry of Defence establishment on the Oxfordshire/Wiltshire borders.

Shrivenham itself lies in the picturesque Vale of the White Horse, close to the M4 motorway which links London and South Wales. It is 7 miles from Swindon, the nearest town, which lies off the M4 at the hub of Britain’s motorway network.

Bath, Cheltenham, Bristol and Oxford are all within an hour’s drive and London less than two hours away by car.

All visitors must be pre-booked in at reception by the person they are visiting on the campus.

For further location and travel details, please visit our 'How to find us' page.

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Start date Location / delivery
01 Jun 2020 Shrivenham Book now

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