No. 662

National Security: Between Conventional Threats and Cyber Warfare

  • 17 April 2019

National security aims to ensure the prevention, or elimination, of threats to a country. Within this context, security theory is based on the power of the core elements of national safety, combined with other direct or indirect powers that can be utilized nationally, regionally or globally to achieve a robust national defense strategy.

The concept of national security differs according to strategic thinkers, institutions and national defense academies around the globe. However, most definitions revolve around the notion that national security is a collective responsibility, one that begins with the individual and continues all the way to the top of the pyramid, to the higher echelons of government. National security is also closely associated with development, as there can be no meaningful development without security.

Central is the idea of national safety, which becomes evident when people feel safe and secure within their own borders. National safety is built by the state, based on its available resources and capabilities, and without external assistance. National safety is more advanced than national security because it is fostered long before drafting a credible national security policy. When I mention credible national security, it means that it is well founded and immune to all influences. The elements of national safety are based on three core components that in fact constitute any country in the world, geographical area, people, and authority.

As far as national security threats are concerned, they assume two forms, conventional and non-conventional threats. Conventional threats encompass economic, social, political, military, cultural, geographical considerations, or ‘geopolitical’ factors. Non-conventional threats are fourth and fifth generation warfare, cyber warfare, psychological warfare and challenges to intellectual security.

Today’s threats do not stem from conventional wars and foreign invasion, but from the challenge of maintaining the cohesion on the home front,  securing it against division at all levels within society, while recognizing challenges and risks early on in order to design adaptive and response strategies.

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Wednesday 17 April 2019

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Wednesday 17 April 2019

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