This is an old piece, but it’s the first I’ve seen where a prominent official with influence over cyberwar policy has come so close to acknowledging what I have called the possibility (or threat) of “cross-domain response” to cyberattack. In this case, the (rather optimistic” term is “cross-domain synergies.”
Lord also referred to what he called “cross-domain synergies,” or the ability to use both kinetic and non-kinetic weapons “in concert, more efficiently. The bottom line is about changing enemy behavior,” which doesn’t necessarily have to result in total destruction. “Now you can have a more gradual and perhaps different kind of warfare where both a potential belligerent and another nation are not killing and maiming people” to effect change, Lord said.
“[Cyber] can potentially be a weapon of mass disruption.”