In May 2000, the Pentagon's Joint Vision 2020 called for "full spectrum dominance" over all land, surface and sub-surface sea, air, space, electromagnetic spectrum and information systems with enough overwhelming power to fight and win global wars against any adversary.
Doing so includes nuclear weapons use preemptively. Non-nuclear countries and adversaries are fair game.
Cyber Command includes:
(1) "Combat mission forces" cooperatively with military units.
(2) "Protection forces" to defend Pentagon networks.
(3) "National mission forces" to head off threats to critical infrastructure. They'll operate outside America. They'll function anywhere if authorized. They'll strike US adversaries preemptively.
Targeting cuts both ways. Incoming attacks can precede or follow US ones. Secrecy is prioritized but compromised. Spies have clever ways of doing it.
Rules of engagement aren't clear. Public information is limited. Sunlight is the best disinfectant. Policy need generous doses.
"If conflict in cyberspace is underway," said the Post, "then it is important to sustain support for the resources and decisions to fight it, and that will require more candor."
Expect little forthcoming from the most secretive administration in US history. Obama's first term prioritized homeland repression and lawless aggression. Imagine what he has in mind for term two.
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