A Non-Trivial Editing Matter at U.S. Strategic Command?

By Herb Lin
Monday, March 10, 2014, 9:52 AM

Here's a random tidbit.

U.S. Cyber Command is a subcommand of the U.S. Strategic Command.  On the Stratcom web site is a fact sheet about U.S. Cyber Command.

According to Internet archives, on May 27, 2012, the fact sheet for U.S. Cyber Command said the following about USCYBERCOM’s mission:

USCYBERCOM is responsible for planning, coordinating, integrating, synchronizing, and directing activities to operate and defend the Department of Defense information networks and when directed, conducts full-spectrum military cyberspace operations (in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations) in order to ensure U.S. and allied freedom of action in cyberspace, while denying the same to our adversaries.

Between then and now, the text has been revised, and as of March 8, 2014, the corresponding fact sheet says the following:

USCYBERCOM plans, coordinates, integrates, synchronizes and conducts activities to: direct the operations and defense of specified Department of Defense information networks and; prepare to, and when directed, conduct full spectrum military cyberspace operations in order to enable actions in all domains, ensure US/Allied freedom of action in cyberspace and deny the same to our adversaries.

That is, the reference to operating "in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations" has been somewhat conspicuously removed. I am personally convinced that the new fact sheet does not reflect any change in mission or lessened commitment to operating under law.  But perhaps the editor of the USCYBERCOM fact sheet might want to consider reinserting the text that was deleted from the earlier version before someone gets the wrong idea.