They'll operate anywhere globally. China is a target of choice. It's America's main economic and geopolitical competitor.
An unnamed US official said new cyberwar strategy is "far more aggressive than anything" used or recommended before. The gloves are off. Anything goes.
Major disruptions can occur without firing a shot. Military and/or civilian power grids can be crippled. So can financial systems and communications networks.
Another unnamed US official said cyberweapons are so powerful that "they should be unleashed only by" presidential order. Exceptions would be tactical strikes.
Examples include disabling command and control as well as ground radar ahead of conventional strikes. At the same time, most cyberoperations are presidential prerogatives.
Expect Obama to take full advantage. Extrajudicial operations are prioritized. Rule of law principles are spurned. Operational procedures have been in development for over two years.
They're headlined now. They coming out when cyberattacks more often target US companies and critical infrastructure. An unnamed US power station was crippled for weeks.
The New York Times, Washington Post, and Wall Street Journal reported cyberattacks. Obama prioritizes preemption. Doing so has no legal standing. Self-defense alone is justified. Acting on suspicions without evidence is aggression.
New rules serve Washington. Lawyers get marching orders. They're well paid to subvert accepted legal standards. Doing so doesn't change them.
What constitutes "reasonable and proportionate force" resides in the eye of the aggressor. New guidelines exclude the Pentagon from defending US companies or individuals without presidential authority.
Doing so is Homeland Security's prerogative. The FBI has investigatory authority. Cybersecurity legislation remains stalled in Congress. Expect stepped up efforts for passage.
Doing so will more greatly comprise freedom. Full-blown tyranny approaches. It's a hair's breadth away. Whistleblowers are targeted. Dissent is endangered.
There's no place to hide. Big Brother's expanding exponentially. Cyber-preemption adds greater police state power.
On February 3, a Washington Post editorial headlined "Cyberwar, out of the shadows," saying:
US Cyber Command is expanding exponentially. Doing so "is indicative of how conflict is moving toward center stage for the military, a domain similar to land, sea, air and outer space."
It's heading America toward unchallenged dominance.