Saturday, May 26, 2012

Cyber's awkward days

 “We need cyber to be wired into the whole force.  In the future, cyber will become both a standalone warfighting instrument with global reach and a ubiquitous enabler of the joint force. In other words, cyber forces should be capable both of operating on their own, like strategic bombers on long-range missions deep into enemy airspace, or in close conjunction with other combat arms, like those same bombers providing close air support to ground troops in Afghanistan. Right now, however, the military is at a stage with cyber more comparable to the early, awkward days of aviation in the 1920s, when everyone knew this new technology could have awesome effects but no one was quite sure how.”

General Martin Dempsey
Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff


Justin Rogers ENS, USN (1170) said...

Precisely...'ubiquitous enabler' is how one could characterize cyber et al today where I currently serve - SUBLANT.

Anonymous said...

Hmm, This may be true of the "awkward days"; however, in the future kinetics will become the enabler to cyber. Cyber is ubiquitous now and as kinetic operations become less tolerable globally, cyber will become the weapon of choice with as far, if not farther, reaching consequenses.