Cyber Warfare
A Documentary and Reference Guide
by Paul J. Springer
July 2020, 357pp, 8 1/2 x 11
1 volume, Greenwood

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-7278-5
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Cyber warfare has rapidly developed in the 21st century to become a key element of military strategy, used widely by such countries as China, Israel, North Korea, Russia, and the United States.

Providing an invaluable introductory resource for students studying cyber warfare, this book highlights the evolution of cyber conflict in modern times through dozens of key primary source documents related to its development and implementation.

This meticulously curated primary source collection is designed to offer a broad examination of key documents related to cyber warfare, covering the subject from multiple perspectives. The earliest documents date from the late 20th century, when the concept and possibility of cyber attacks became a reality, while the most recent documents are from 2019. Each document is accompanied by an introduction and analysis written by an expert in the field that provides the necessary context for readers to learn about the complexities of cyber warfare.

The title’s nearly 100 documents are drawn primarily but not exclusively from government sources and allow readers to understand how policy, strategy, doctrine, and tactics of cyber warfare are created and devised, particularly in the United States. Although the U.S. is the global leader in cyber capabilities and is largely driving the determination of norms within the cyber domain, the title additionally contains a small number of international documents. This invaluable work will serve as an excellent starting point for anyone seeking to understand the nature and character of international cyber warfare.


  • Covers in detail one of the defining forms of conflict of the 21st century—cyber warfare will significantly impact virtually every American citizen over the next two decades
  • Provides more than 90 primary source documents and matching analysis, allowing readers to investigate the underpinnings of cyber warfare
  • Enables readers to see the development of different concepts of cyber warfare through its chronological organization
  • Reflects the deep knowledge of an editor who is a noted expert in cyber warfare and has taught for the United States Air Force for more than a decade
Paul J. Springer, PhD, is a professor of comparative military studies and chair of the department of research at Air Command and Staff College and a senior fellow of the Foreign Policy Research Institute. He previously taught at the United States Military Academy at West Point and Texas A&M University. Springer is author or editor of several books, including Outsourcing War to Machines: The Military Robotics Revolution (Praeger, 2018), Encyclopedia of Cyber Warfare (ABC-CLIO, 2017), and Cyber Warfare: A Reference Handbook (ABC-CLIO, 2015).


LJ Best Reference of 2020—Library Journal, March 1, 2021


"Conveniently providing primary sources with clear, pertinent analysis, this volume will be useful to students, policymakers, and even interested nonspecialists."—Library Journal, November 1, 2020

Documentary and Reference Guides

Expertly chosen primary source documents, analytical commentary, and comprehensive study resources present Americans grappling directly with complex social and political issues in ways that have had a deep and lasting impact on contemporary society.

Students often are unaware that hotly contested public debates have deep historical roots. Intended to allow readers to engage with history and discover the development of controversial social and political issues over time, the Documentary and Reference Guides series introduces such issues through carefully chosen primary source documents.

The documents analyzed in these volumes encourage critical thinking, offering fresh perspectives as they sweep away preconceptions and restore immediacy to debates that may have become stale. They encourage students to explore for themselves how important issues came to be framed as they are and to consider how contemporary discussion might advance beyond the assumptions and hardened positions of the past.


  • 50–100 primary source documents, topically and chronologically organized, including excerpts from legislation, U.S. Supreme Court decisions, manifestos, broadcast statements, such controversial writings as Thomas Paine's pamphlets and excerpts from the Federalist Papers, and personal writings, such as letters
  • 15–25 photographs
  • Accessible analysis sections and lively sidebars illuminating documents that are crucial to the subject, but relatively legalistic or technical
  • A Reader's Guide to the Documents and Sidebars, organized by subject, to enable readers to pursue particular lines of inquiry through more than one chapter
  • A comprehensive, annotated, general resources section supporting student research needs
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