Joint Force Cyberspace Component Command: Establishing Cyberspace Operations Unity of Effort for the Joint Force Commander   [open pdf - 626KB]

From the thesis abstract: "Whether purposefully or out of sheer coincidence, cyberspace operations have chartered a course strikingly similar to that of air operations in history, theory, and doctrine. Both grew out of scientific innovation, theorists were quick to apply both of the new technologies to the art of warfare, and the doctrine for application of the military power associated with both of the new technologies evolved with scientific developments. However, the two have diverged as the United States military begins development of Cyber Mission Forces. As these forces grow and become available to a Joint Force Commander, he must establish a structure to unify the various offensive, defensive, and security operations in his cyberspace. During Operation Desert Storm, the Commander United States Central Command unified air operations efforts through a Joint Force Air Component Command. This concept grew out of the experiences of the United States Air Forces beginning with the First World War and evolved with each subsequent application of air power. Current Cyberspace Operations doctrine lacks the guidance for achieving a unity of effort. Cyberspace theorists and doctrine writers would do well to continue to follow air power's historical example and develop a Joint Force Cyberspace Component Command to achieve unity of effort for Cyberspace Operations."

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