The Department of Defense (DOD) is endeavoring to define war fighting in the global cyberspace domain. Creation of US Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM), a subunified functional combatant command (FCC) under US Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM), is a huge step in integrating and coordinating the defense, protection, and operation of DOD networks; however, this step does not mean that USCYBERCOM will perform or manage all cyberspace functions. In fact the vast majority of cyberspace functions conducted by the services and combatant commands (COCOM), although vital for maintaining access to the domain in support of their operations, are not of an active war-fighting nature. We apply the concepts of war fighting, offense, and active defense to the domain of cyber space and propose several recommendations to aid USCYBERCOM as it works with the services and geographic combatant commands (GCC) to fight in cyberspace.
Air & Space Power Journal
Birdwell, M. B., & Mills, R. (2011). War Fighting in Cyberspace: Evolving Force Presentation and Command and Control. Air & Space Power Journal, 25(1), 26–36.