Author Biography

Matthew J. Flynn, Ph.D., serves as Professor of War Studies at Marine Corps University in Quantico, Virginia. He specializes in the evolution of warfare and has written on cyber warfare, preemptive war, emerging revolutionary regions, and the military context of US expansion west.



Subject Area Keywords

Asymmetric warfare, Cybersecurity, Global trends and risks, Hegemony, History, Information operations, International relations, Irregular warfare, National power, Political violence, Social movements, War studies


“Cyber Rollback” presents a portion of the effort of civilians to seize a warzone in cyberspace and make it free of violence even when facing the risk of violence. That need stems from governments seeking to control or restrict online connectivity. In the continued civilian push back in the face of state oppression, lofty sensibilities of the right of expression online meet the reality of the consequence of such a mandate, the prospect of violence surfacing as an outgrowth of online freedoms clashing with the physical consequences of such activism. In setting cyber events that surface in Ukraine, Africa, China, and in the United States alongside the Cold War parallel of rollback, the ability of technology to create a new space subsuming war tests the permanence of war as a measure of violence.