Cyber Pacific

Exploring key cyber issues in the US Army’s partnerships with Taiwan and Japan



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What is this project?

The Cyber Pacific project aims to produce a ten year policy road map to navigate the critical cyber issues threatening US Army operational effectiveness in the Western Pacific in the current ‘decade of maximum danger’. The Chinese Communist Party and its People’s Liberation Army have demonstrated the will and means to use force to change the status quo in the region. By manipulating current ‘gray zones’ in international law across multiple domains, notably the cyber and maritime domains, the CCP has taken bold steps to prepare the PLA to achieve its stated goal of ‘Winning Informatized Local Wars’. Taiwan and Japan are key partners, allies, and targets in this emerging scenario.

Utilizing the threatcasting method, Cyber Pacific will entail nine months of interdisciplinary research and consultation with a network of faculty across UT campus, culminating in two threatcasting workshops in the spring and fall of 2023. These events will bring together relevant experts and practitioners who will work with us to identify critical cyber security, law, and information warfare (IW) policy issues that affect our partners in Taiwan and allies in Japan.


Task Team Leader: Kevin Lentz

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Michael Mosser

History of this Project

Cyber Pacific is an extension of a Spring 2022 project called Project Threatcasting conducted with the Army Cyber Institute at the United States Military Academy.

Goals for 2022-2023
  • Identify and research critical cyber issues in the security relationship between the US, Taiwan, and China
  • Publish three blog posts detailing our key findings.
  • Begin organizing the Taiwan threatcasting workshop
What students will learn
  • Cyber Policy Expertise – With assistance from the Strauss Center, you will gain deep expertise on current trends in the world of cyber security and technology
  • China, Taiwan, and Japan Expertise – American interest in the Western Pacific is at historically high levels, and will only grow over the years. Get ahead of the curve by learning about key actors in the new center of global affairs.
  • Policy Writing and Communication – Students will have the chance to polish public facing policy writing skills in a supportive environment
  • Threatcasting – learn about a foresight analysis method used by security and industrial professionals across the world

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