Lani Kass, a former major in the Israeli Defense forces, an instructor at the National War College and also a senior mentor to Operation Checkmate, recently gave a talk at the Air Force Association Air and Space Conference on the future of warfare discussing what cyberspace and cyberwarfare.
"We have been using the electromagnetic spectrum longer than we have been using air and space," she said, noting that the telegraph, one of the most bedrock aspects of cyberspace, was developed around the time of the Civil War. What makes cyber different from the other realms, she said, is that it doesn't take a lot to fight in it. You don't have to build or buy expensive ships, airplanes, tanks or spacecraft. All you need is a laptop or a link to the Internet... That's important since people half a world away can do things now that can limit or eliminate the control of land, air, sea and space that make protections of modern freedoms possible, she said. "If you don't dominate cyber, you cannot dominate in air, or in space, you cannot dominate on land or at sea," she said. "Quite frankly, if you're a developed country, you cannot conduct your daily way of life. Your life essentially comes to a screeching halt."
Cyber Strike commander Lt. Gen. Robert J. Elder also spoke that afternoon of the efforts at Barksdale to make the cyber vision reality. This involves "determining and gathering the people to do the work, determining the new career and training avenues that need to be forged, assessing systems and software for the new missions, establishing command and control procedures and forging alliances with academia and industry, such as the $100 million Cyber Innovation Center being created north of Barksdale."
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