The U.S. Air Force said Thursday it was setting up what could become a new four-star command to fight in cyberspace, where officials say the United States has already come under attack from China among others.
“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,” Air Force Secretary Michael Wynne told an industry conference.
The Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana-based 8th Air Force — already home to about 25,000 military personnel involved in everything from electronic warfare to network defense — will house the fledgling Cyberspace Command, Wynne said.
Cyberspace is a domain for projecting and protecting national power, for both strategic and tactical operations,” Wynne said.
Last month, the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff defined cyberspace as “characterized by the use of electronics and the electromagnetic spectrum to store, modify, and exchange data via networked systems and associated physical infrastructures.”
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