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November-December 2019 NSDA Public Forum: Cyber Offensives

November-December 2019 NSDA Public Forum: Cyber Offensives

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Big Sky Debate is pleased to release its November-December 2019 NSDA Public Forum resources on the cyber offensives!

The resolution, released by the National Speech and Debate Association on October 1, 2019, is:

Resolved: The benefits of the United States federal government’s use of offensive cyber operations outweigh the harms.

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Cyber Offensives Index

META

  • THIS DEBATE IS SILLY 
  • MUST EVALUATE EACH CASE, CASE-BY-CASE 
  • MUST CREATE RULES OF ENGAGEMENT TO JUDGE THREATS 

PRO 

  • RISK IS NOW: CYBER THREATS ARE THE #1 THREAT FACING THE USA 
  • RISK IS NOW: CHINA AND RUSSIA = SCARY GOOD AT CYBER WARFARE
  • RISK IS NOW: MODERN THREATS REQUIRE NEW MINDSETS
  • RISK IS NOW: WE MUST INCREASE OFFENSIVE OPERATIONS 
  • RISK IS NOW: WE MUST GIVE POWER TO OUR GOVERNMENT AND MILITARY EXPERTS TO RESPOND TO REAL-TIME THREATS 
  • RISK IS NOW: WE MUST PROTECT US ELECTIONS 
  • RISK IS NOW: WE MUST PROTECT AGAINST TERRORISTS 
  • RISK IS NOW: WE MUST FIGHT CYBER CRIMINALS 
  • RISK IS NOW: MUST PROTECT IP 
  • OFFENSIVE OPERATIONS GOOD: EXAMPLES OF US CYBER OFFENSIVE OPS 
  • OFFENSIVE OPERATIONS GOOD: OFFENSIVE HACKING CRITICAL AS A RESPONSE TO THREATS 
  • OFFENSIVE OPERATIONS GOOD: MUST DEVELOP OFFENSIVE WEAPONS FOR THE COMING CYBER WARS 
  • OFFENSIVE OPERATIONS GOOD: CYBER ESPIONAGE IS LEGIT IN INTERNATIONAL LAW 
  • OFFENSIVE OPERATIONS GOOD: CYBER ECONOMIC DISRUPTION DOESN’T VIOLATE STATE SOVEREIGNTY 
  • OFFENSIVE OPERATIONS GOOD: OFFENSIVE OPERATIONS EFFECTIVE AGAINST TERRORISTS 
  • OFFENSIVE OPERATIONS GOOD: OFFENSIVE POSTURE IS EASIER TO IMPLEMENT THAN COMPREHENSIVE DEFENSIVE POSTURE 
  • OFFENSIVE OPERATIONS GOOD: CYBER ATTACKS ARE LESS DESTRUCTIVE THAN CONVENTIONAL MILITARY ATTACKS 
  • OFFENSIVE OPERATIONS GOOD: OFFENSIVE ATTACKS ARE CHEAP! 
  • A/T: DEFENSIVE POSTURE IS ALL THAT IS REQUIRED 
  • A/T: TRUMP OFFENSIVE ESCALATION BAD 

CON 

  • BALANCE CON: WE CAN KEEP TRAINED OPERATIVES WITHOUT ENGAGING IN OFFENSIVE ACTIONS 
  • BALANCE CON: OFFENSIVE OPERATIONS REQUIRE BALANCE WITH OTHER STRATEGIC NEEDS 
  • PROCEED WITH CAUTION: NEED MORE DEBATE BEFORE INCREASING OFFENSIVE OPERATIONS 
  • PROCEED WITH CAUTION: DEFENSE-FIRST POSTURE SHOULD BE OUR DEFAULT CONSTRUCT 
  • OFFENSIVE OPERATIONS BAD: HURT RELATIONSHIPS WITH ALLIES 
  • OFFENSIVE OPERATIONS BAD: INCREASE IRRATIONAL ACTION 
  • OFFENSIVE OPERATIONS BAD: INCREASE INSTABILITY AND ESCALATE CONFLICTS 
  • OFFENSIVE OPERATIONS BAD: INCREASE OUR VULNERABILITY 
  • OFFENSIVE OPERATIONS BAD: INEFFECTIVE 
  • OFFENSIVE OPERATIONS BAD: EXPENSIVE 
  • OFFENSIVE OPERATIONS BAD: OFFENSIVE ACTIONS HARD TO PULL OFF 
  • OFFENSIVE OPERATIONS BAD: TARGET COUNTRIES USE OUR OFFENSIVE WEAPONS AGAINST US 
  • OFFENSIVE OPERATIONS BAD: CYBER ATTACKS MUST MEET CRITERIA OR VIOLATE INTERNATIONAL LAW 
  • OFFENSIVE OPERATIONS BAD: “JUSTIFIED” RESPONSE TO OUTSIDE ATTACKS IS TENUOUS 
  • OFFENSIVE OPERATIONS BAD: VIOLATE STATE SOVEREIGNTY 
  • OFFENSIVE OPERATIONS BAD: DON’T NORMALIZE OFFENSIVE OPERATIONS 
  • OFFENSIVE OPERATIONS BAD: OFFENSIVE WORK TRADES OFF WITH DEFENSIVE WORK 
  • A/T: OFFENSIVE POSTURES ARE NECESSARY 
  • A/T: ISIS SUCCESS JUSTIFIES LARGER OFFENSIVE PRESENCE 
  • A/T: DEFENSIVE POSTURE INEFFECTIVE 

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