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  • The Battlefield of Cyberspace: The Inevitable New Military Branch — The Cyber Force

    With all the technical wonders and benefits associated with cyberspace, few understand that cyberspace is also a new global battlefield that encompasses households, corporations, universities, governments, militaries, and all categories of critical infrastructures. While sipping a low-fat, no foam, soy latte at a café, a cyber warrior of a nation state or a cyber terrorist may access the Internet and unleash attacks within cyberspace. Indeed, in contrast to a suicide bomber, a cyber terrorist is not limited to just one act of terrorism within cyberspace (“cyber terrorism”). In order to protect the health, wealth, and safety of the United States and its citizens from cyber attacks, presidential directives, executive orders, legislation, agency policies, and warnings have been issued. As a result, for several years, the United States Air Force, the Secret Service, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Homeland Security Council, the Department of Defense (DOD), the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and other federal agencies have operated to secure cyberspace. In fact, in 2006, the Air Force officially elevated its cyberspace operations’ profile by assigning the 8th Air Force as the new Air Force Cyberspace Command. Consequently, this article argues that, inevitably, the United States Congress will have to consider elevating United States cyberspace operations to more than a command within the Air Force, but rather, a new military branch: the Cyber Force. For a couple of years, cyber operations may hatch and be fed within the Air Force’s nest, but in the future, the Air Force will need to push cyber operations from its nest so it can fly as the Cyber Force.

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