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Air Force Law in Cyberspace

  • Published
  • By Capt Scott A. Hodges
  • Instructor, Professional Outreach Division, The Judge Advocate General's School
The most recent edition of the Air Force Law Review includes seven articles with in-depth analysis of legal issues in the complex cyber domain. Volume 64, the Cyberlaw Edition, is now available for free at -- just click on the "AF Law Review vol. 64 - Cyberlaw Edition" hyperlink. Hard copies can be obtained for $23 from the U.S. Government Bookstore at The idea for the edition was conceived at a symposium held at the Judge Advocate General School at Maxwell Air Force Base. The authors -- AD, ANG and Reserve judge advocates -- come from across the spectrum of legal practice. Several of the articles address operational law in cyberspace -- e.g. what constitutes a use of force, how do traditional rules on the use of force apply to cyber operations, and what needs to be done to protect U.S. national security interests and international stability. Two articles focus on the issue of protecting the government information systems infrastructure, including a proposed DoD regulation to tackle the vulnerability concerns of our top leadership. Another discusses the issues surrounding obtaining computer based evidence for criminal investigation and prosecution. The Cyberlaw Edition tackles difficult issues with the goal of making a significant contribution to the continuing dialogue and debate about the cyber arena.