Cyber warfare and its implications for the United States

ITS 834 Emerging Threats and Countermeasures

Total points – 100

Midterm Research Paper- The paper is due on end of day Monday July 29 

Write a research paper on the topic

Cyber warfare and its implications for the United States 

Your research paper should be minimally 10 pages (double spaced, Font – Georgia with font size 12). The research paper needs to refer to the following source

❑ Kostyuk, N., and Zhukov., M., Y. (2019). Invisible Digital Front: Can Cyber Attacks Shape Battlefield Events? Journal of Conflict Resolution, 63(2)., 317-347. (pfd version of paper is uploaded to module 4 in d2l).

❑ In addition you need to have at least 5 peer reviewed journal/book references

The research needs to minimally discuss the following

❑ The relevance of cyber warfare for the United States

❑ What are some examples of possible cyber warfare scenarios where critical infrastructure could be affected

❑ Emerging technologies that can be used for cyber warfare

❑ What does Kostyuk and Zhukov (2019) address mainly in their paper? Do you agree with Kostyuk and Zhukov (2019) that cyber-attacks are ineffective as a tool of coercion in war. Ensure to explain why or why not.

❑ Future implications of cyber warfare for the United States

The bibliography should be included as a separate page and is not part of the 10 page requirement. Student assignments will be run through Safe Assignment. Please ensure to check the safe assignment result prior to submitting.

You will have the chance to submit your assignment up to two times. So please submit earlier than the due date so you can check your safe assign score. If your safe assign score is more than 10 percent, you need to check your paper and make any needed updates and submit again. Text that are copied directly from outside sources without being in quotes is considered plagiarism. Please refer to the University’s academic integrity policy. If there is text in your paper from outside sources that are not referenced and in quotes, you will not receive a grade for the assignment and will be referred to the department.

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The research paper should include the following components.

● Title Page (Not part of the minimum 10 page requirement)

● Abstract (quick overview in your own words of the entire content of your paper, limited to 200-350 words)

● Introduction (1-2 pages, relevance of cyber warfare for the U.S, example, possible scenarios_

● Literature Review (2-4 pages, describes the research papers that you find in reference to the topic of cyber warfare, emerging technologies that can be used, the impact of cyber warfare)

● Discussion (2-3 pages) – (Your perspective on the topic of cyber warfare, implications for the U.S, critical perspectives and/or recommendations)

● Conclusion (1-2 paragraphs, This provides a final summary of your research paper)

● Bibliography in APA format

The following rubric will be used to grade your assessment


Evaluation Parameters

Percentage Weight


Did the student   respond to the research topic



Did the student   conduct sufficient literature review of the topic



Did the student   provide relevant examples to support viewpoints



Did the student   meet the content requirements of the assignment and discuss the key points   identified in the question



Did the student   provide a critical perspective on the topic



Did the student   create a professional, well-developed report with proper grammar, spelling,   punctuation and APA formatting





Please refer to the following for APA guidelines

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