A New Age in Cyberspace

Dubbed the U.S. Cyber Command, the military recently announced that cyber warfare teams will take the field in 2015. The design of the command would be similar to that of the other branches of the service and should soon be capable of operating on their own, separate from the other branches, having a range of intelligence and operational skill sets implemented by a mix of civilian and military personnel, according to www.hawaiireporter.com.

While the U.S. Cyber Command would defend our national borders on the Web, they would also have the capability to attack when necessary, especially if our vital national infrastructure finds itself at risk from another nation state such as China, Iran, or others. It is believed that the threat of such attacks will only grow over time, and that preparations need to be made now in light of these threats.

Overall, enemies of the U.S., both known and unknown, should expect a response to such intrusions on a level equal to any other threat to America’s interest. In the past, the U.S. has been accused of using various cyber attacks against both Iran in the form of the Stuxnet worm, which was unleashed to wreak havoc on nuclear facilities in the country in 2010, and France, where the U.S. has also been accused of hacking into the Elysée Palace computers in May of last year — charges the U.S. denies.

Just as there are protocols for declaring war on a country using conventional means, cyber warfare would require presidential approval and a notification of the Congress. With no precedent established to go on, figuring out how to operate in this new theater of war will be an ongoing learning process. Ultimately, the military’s U.S. Cyber Command needs to back up the statements they have made that they are ready. Otherwise, it is so many meaningless words.

For more information about the U.S. Cyber Command, visit: http://www.hawaiireporter.com/us-cyber-command-to-take-offensive/123