Concerns about changes to the U.S. policy on offensive cyber operations raise an interesting and important question about the balance of power between the White House and the Department of Defense. But this is a poor framing of the problem.
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The NDS fact sheet makes clear that campaigning is important for achieving security across the full spectrum of strategic competition and supporting integrated deterrence.
In March, U.S. Cyber Command held its annual legal conference, where members of the command and experts weighed in on the cyber landscape, particularly its legal and national security challenges for the U.S.
Cyberspace may be a domain of military operations, but it is not predominantly so. Civil-military relations in the United States must adapt to new demands or cyberspace may be irretrievably diminished.
A very timely opportunity: Cyber Command’s annual legal conference is online for all to see this Thursday, March 10, 2022.
The U.S. may be justified in seeking to contain China’s aggression and search for dominance in cyberspace with the 2018 USCC Command Vision. But it has yet to square this with a willingness to accept similar Chinese efforts to advance Chinese goals in cyberspace.
What would be the impact of other cyber powers adopting U.S. Cyber Command’s Command Vision concepts in pursuing their own security interests?