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Time for a U.S. Cyber Force
From: InfoSec News <alerts () infosecnews org>
Date: Fri, 3 Jan 2014 09:08:38 +0000 (UTC)
Proceedings Magaizine - January 2014
By Admiral James Stavridis, U.S. Navy (Retired)
and David Weinstein
Instead of each armed service having its own version of a cyber command,
why not create a separate entity altogether that would serve all branches?
In November 1918, U.S. Army Brigadier General Billy Mitchell made the
following observation: “The day has passed when armies of the ground or
navies of the sea can be the arbiter of a nation’s destiny in war.”
General Mitchell’s comments came in the context of a vigorous debate
involving a then-new domain of warfare: the skies. Nearly a century later,
we are confronted with yet another contested domain. Cyberspace, like
airspace, constitutes a vital operational venue for the U.S. military.
Accordingly, it warrants what the sea, air, and land each have—an
independent branch of the armed services.
Eight months before Mitchell’s clairvoyant statement, President Woodrow
Wilson had signed two executive orders to establish the U.S. Army Air
Service, replacing the Aviation Section of the U.S. Signal Corps as the
military’s aerial warfare unit. This small force served as a temporary
branch of the War Department during World War I and looked much like the
Pentagon’s joint task forces of today. It was relatively small and
consisted of personnel on assignment from the different services. In 1920,
the Air Service’s personnel were recommissioned into the Army. The
decision was backed by the popular belief that aviation existed
exclusively to support ground troops.
A significant debate was under way within the armed services. The minority
camp, led by Mitchell, advocated on behalf of establishing an independent
service for aerial warfare. He contended that air power would serve a
purpose beyond supporting the Army’s ground movements, and that gaining
and maintaining preeminence of the skies required an entirely autonomous
branch with indigenous manning, personnel, logistics, and acquisition
duties. His opponents, on the other hand, favored integrating aviation
into the existing services. Budgets were tight, and Army brass were eager
to garner additional funding streams.
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