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proliferation, UNCLOS, and communications law, all have a role to play in crafting a functioning legal regime.  Although an imperfect regime, the international community should use all of the tools at its disposal to begin dealing with the issue of cyber attacks.  Nations are increasingly making use of the weapons potential of cyberspace, making the likelihood of attacks increase.  Emblematic of this trait, the U.S. Air Force adopted a new mission statement in 2005 “to fight in air, space, and cyberspace.”268

The best way to ensure a comprehensive approach to lessening the occurrence of IW is through a new international accord dealing exclusively with state-sponsored cyber attacks in international law, including the creation of a standing emergency response body along the lines of WCERT proposed above.  The United States should drop its opposition to such a treaty regime.  Without such an organization, the international community will lurch from case-to-case with the worry that next time, the case of Estonia may resemble merely a step along the way to Net War Version 2.0.  When IW reaches the scale of nuclear war, a new and distinct regime incorporating elements of existing international law, notably IHL, is required lest nations risk systemic infrastructure crashes that not only will cripple societies, but could quite possible shake the Information Age to its foundations.  

268 Mitch Gettle, Air Force Releases New Mission Statement, Air Force Print News, Dec. 8, 2005.  Available at: http://www.af.mil/news/story.asp?storyID=123013440.  Last visited: 4/20/2008.

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