USA on stand-by for Cyber whipping.
The WWW is protected...
The Air Force is about to suspend its controversial effort to reorganize its forces to "dominate" cyberspace. The provisional, 8,000-man Cyber Command has been ordered to stop all activities, just weeks before it was supposed to be declared operational.
“Transfers of manpower and resources, including activation and reassignment of units, shall be halted,” according to an internal e-mail obtained by Nextgov's Bob Brewin -- and confirmed by Air Force sources. Instead, the Air Force's new leadership -- including incoming Chief of Staff Norton Schwartz -- will be given time to rethink how big the command will be, and what exactly it will do.
The suspension is yet another body blow to a service already reeling from a series of hits in recent months. Nuclear weapons have been mishandled; major contracts -- including one for a fleet of new tanker planes -- have been botched; the Air Force's civilian and military leaders have been ousted by the Secretary of Defense; a top general apparently committed suicide.
"I am surprised, but not that surprised, given the turmoil in the Air Force," cybersecurity specialist (and former Air Force Captain) Richard Bejtlich tells Danger Room. "It makes sense for new leadership to want to pause and evaluate major projects like Cyber Command before moving forward. The Air Force is facing severe challenges right now, so leadership may want to consolidate its resources before expanding the AF cybermission."
But even if everything all was calm at the Air Force, Cyber Command's path was far from clear. At a June conference , the command's emerging leaders couldn't agree on what exactly the new unit would do. Some said the command's mission would be the "protection and defense of the Air Force's command and control abilities." Others argued that the "mission is to control cyberspace both for attacks and defense." (The service even changed its mission statement to read, "As Airmen, it is our calling to dominate Air, Space, and Cyberspace.") Some believed the Cyber Command would only be responsible for computer networks. Others thought it'd be responsbile for every system that had anything to do with the electromagnetic spectrum -- up to and including laser weapons.
Heavy-breathing television ads, hyping the nascent command's abilities and scope, only added to the confusion. And within the military, the command was blasted for being duplicative -- and maybe even a cheap internal power grab. As Brewin notes, "The hard sell may have been the undoing of the Cyber Command, which seemed to be a grab by the Air Force to take the lead role in cyberspace."
USA on stand-by for a Cyber whipping.
By Gerald: Internet Anthropologist Think Tank.
Aug 14, 08
And somebody is messing with the only Military Force willing to
identify the WWW as a domain and express the need to dominate it
like they do the AIR. On demand.
In the mean while the WWW stands as a target, with minimal defenses.
USA Air Force has the means, power, and the forces to develop a paradigm
for defense and offense. And someone kills the effort in the middle of a Cyber
War in Georgia and Russia.
The public should be informed of the name of the person derailing this much needed
...According to an Air Force source, Admiral Mike Mullen ( also opposes Iranian attack, not sure how he feels about Nuclear Iran. G)--chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff--wants the Navy to be involved. ( Admiral !, seems Air Force caught the Navy napping, so the 8,000 man Air Force Cyber command will be dropped. )
The Navy has the best OSINT and most computers, but not the vision or WWW paradigm concepts the Air Force has and they are ready to deploy NOW.
Even in a crash program Navy is six months to a year away from deploying.
USA Government ( NAVY ) is ignoring a threat superior to WMD at the peril of its citizens, and its culture, and economic system.
And don't expect much Government help, we saw Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans,
and they were at their best...
Plan to take care of your self. Web down, = Shortwave & CBs, cash...self help
The Government has not even trained for the WWW going down for an extended period.
It is USA's Achilles heel the government is ignoring.
Infections rapant on WWW, highest rate in history.
A domain of WAR, without a military defense.
NO Force has a good handle on the Internet Paradigm, Army blocking/banning bloggers, Navy blocking Air Force, Air Force is on FAST track ...even bot net plan.
Russian method for cyber attack for dummies.