Cyber Command May Soon Watch Over Us.

Posted on Saturday, November 18 at 14:45 by Ed Deak
The new mission is to “deliver sovereign options for the defence of the United States of America and its global interests - to fly and fight in air, space and cyberspace”. It’s not surprising that the USAF is concerned with aircraft, satellites and missiles (of Strategic Air Command) because they fly. But what stretches credulity is that the USAF, through Cyber Command, may be getting into the civilian communications area. The logic for this USAF expansion, judging by the USAF article, is that electrons, essential to all communications, also fly (or at least move in three dimensions). The cyber domain includes all the places an electron travels including landline, Internet and wireless communications. This means that Australia’s phone network including Internet sites will potentially be a monitoring area involving Cyber Command. Dr Lani Kass, Director of the US Air Force Cyberspace Task Force and formerly a major in the Israeli Defence Force, describes the Cyber Command concept this way: [Proofreader's note: this article was edited for spelling and typos on November 20, 2006]

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