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Mar 9 2008   3:41PM GMT

Uncle Sam Wants You–to Become a Cyberspace Warrior

Ken Harthun Ken Harthun Profile: Ken Harthun


A while back, I wrote an article entitled “Will You Be Used As a Weapon Against Your Own Country?” The flip side of that is being used as a weapon for your own country. It seems the United States Air Force is looking for a few good cyber warriors. From The Register:

In a document [PDF here] released this week, the US Air Force is laying out plans for a new cyber command, which is scheduled to become operational in October [2008]. It tries to make the case that the ability to wage war and parry attacks over electronic networks is crucial to maintaining national security.

The document does a good job of making the case:

Mastery of cyberspace is essential to America’s national security. Controlling cyberspace is the prerequisite to effective operations across all strategic and operational domains—securing freedom from attack and freedom to attack.

You have to bear in mind how the Air Force defines cyberspace:

Cyberspace encompasses the electromagnetic spectrum with its distinctive physical properties and those of the man-made electronic systems created to operate across the domain.

This would encompass the entire radio spectrum as well as well as”wired” cyberspace. The Internet, of course, also relies on wireless technology. And much of military command and control relies on radio communications, so the concept makes sense. Communications must be maintained at all costs. This involves mastering many electronic technologies and even, perhaps, physical signaling methods for use in the event an electromagnetic bomb disrupts electronic transmissions.

The Air Force Cyber Command is certainly no place for the technologically challenged, but for those of us who love and understand technology, it could be a great career.

Geek warriors: now that’s one for the books.

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