Does preparing for war deter war? Or does it arouse potential opponents and lead to war?
What deters war? Not preparing for war does not seem to prevent war, nor do treaties and international bodies such as the UN, NATO or European Union prevent war - witness the invasions of Georgia and Ukraine by Russia or the current wars in Africa, Syria and Iraq, to name just a few.
“Ghost Fleet” portrays Beijing paralyzing the U.S. military by
inserting malware into chips manufactured in China for use in American
warships and planes. When the Chinese activate the chips to cripple U.S.
fighters, planes from the 1970s are redeployed because they don’t have
Just as the Pentagon turned to Detroit to build
armaments for World War II, in the novel Silicon Valley returns to its
defense-industry roots to win the cyberwar. Among the characters is a
high-tech billionaire who launches himself into orbit to reclaim the
international space station after it is seized by Russians and used by
the Chinese to destroy U.S. satellites. The hacking group Anonymous
helps by defeating a Chinese cyberattack on the U.S. electrical grid.
novel includes almost 400 endnotes with citations showing even the most
far-fetched technologies in the book are based on reality."
From a review in: http://www.wsj.com/articles/portents-of-world-cyberwar-1436740393#livefyre-comment
The online comment section is especially interesting.