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Air Force to create Cyber Command

Air Force to create Cyber Command
Air Force to create Cyber Command 

By Josh Rogin
Nov. 2, 2006

The Air Force plans to establish a new command to bring full-scale 
military operations to cyberspace, Secretary of the Air Force Michael 
Wynne announced Nov. 2.

Air Force officials will work on plans for the new command throughout 
2007, with the goal of going operational in 2009, Wynne said. The Cyber 
Command will be part of the 8th Air Force.

Service officials have said they view cyberspace as a strategic and 
tactical warfighting domain, similar to air, sea, land or space.

In fact, the Air Force recently tweaked its mission statement to reflect 
cyberspaces importance. The new mission is to "deliver sovereign options 
for the defense of the United States of America and its global interests 
-- to fly and fight in air, space and cyberspace, Wynne said.

The aim is to develop a major command that stands alongside Air Force 
Space Command and Air Combat Command as the provider of forces that the 
president, combatant commanders and the American people can rely on for 
preserving the freedom of access and commerce, in air, space and now 
cyberspace, the Air Force said in a statement.

More details to follow.

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