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The importance of military information security

In the past few years cyber-attacks on military installations and governments has become a common article in news stories and the conversation of many military officials. Point in fact, as the threats of country against country cyber-attacks grows, the US military (in particular, the Air Force) is focusing on creating a Cyberspace Command to create defenses against cyber-attacks. Lt. Gen. Robert J. Elder Jr. will be the Air Force Cyberspace Command (AFCC) commander, and expects the needs and value of the new command to grow: The new Cyberspace Command will start with personnel from the 67th Network Warfare Wing, and receive support from the 8th Air Force. The intent is to create a major command that stands alongside Air Force Space Command and Air Combat Command to help preserve freedom of access and commerce where computers and computer networks are concerned. The new command “is a recognition that what we do in the cyber realm is no longer an enabler for other operations; it actually is an operation itself,” Elder says. “We’ll be taking roles that are traditionally viewed as support functions, and those people will become the operators in cyberspace.” Recognizing that military operations in cyber-space are no longer just to support other operations (they are now operations in and of themselves), this new initiative will solidify the United States’ ability to defend valuable data systems, keep operations moving forward, and recognize when hostile countries attempt to peek in on US data.

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