Bryan J. Nakayama

PhD Candidate in Political Science, University of Minnesota—TC

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In my dissertation, From Aerospace to Cyberspace: The Evolution of Domains of Warfare, I explain patterns in the development of military domains. The military domain serves as a foundational category for how states and their militaries distinguish between military capabilities (ships vs planes) and ways of warfare (seapower vs airpower). One of my core contentions is that domains are not a natural category, but rather a social product.

I argue that patterns in the development of military domains is a function of advocacy, inspired by technological change, mediated by the organizational politics of militaries. Based on original archival research I explain the patterns of development of the Air, Space, and Cyberspace domains.

I am also developing several manuscripts for publication that explore the relationship between world historical time and military doctrine as the dynamics of cyberwarfare.