Professor Robert Chesney holds the James A. Baker III Chair in the Rule of Law and World Affairs at the University of Texas School of Law, where he also serves as the associate dean for academic affairs. Separately, he serves the broader university as director of the Robert Strauss Center for International Security and Law. He is a cofounder of Lawfare, the leading online source for national security law news and analysis, and also cohosts the popular weekly show the National Security Law Podcast.
With little fanfare, Congress and the executive branch have cooperated effectively over the past decade to build a legal architecture for military cyber operations. The resulting framework is not a familiar one to most observers, especially when compared to the parallel frameworks associated with conventional military operations and with intelligence activities. Yet it is no less important and worthy of study, particularly in light of the Pentagon’s commitment to the “defend forward” operational model.