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Cyber Force? Report Argues for New Armed Service

March 27, 2024

David Dimolfetta

Defense One

Capt. Taiwan Veney, cyber warfare operations officer, watches members of the 175th Cyberspace Operations Group analyze log files and provide a cyber threat update at Warfield Air National Guard Base, Middle River, Md., June 3, 2017. J.M. EDDINS JR. / U.S. AIR FORCE

by David Dimolfetta, Defense One / March 26, 2024

A whitepaper released Monday urges Congress to create a new military service branch dedicated to cybersecurity operations that would sit alongside the Air Force, Navy, and other armed forces, arguing that current military configurations don’t give the U.S. the best chance at combating adversaries in cyberspace.

The 40-page research paper from the Foundation for Defense of Democracies calls for a Cyber Force to be stood up as the seventh military branch in the Pentagon, on grounds that current cyber forces are not ideally aligned, citing input from some 75 anonymous current and retired service members.

“China has already centralized its cyber, space, electronic warfare, and psychological warfare capabilities within its Strategic Support Force. Russia is actively leveraging cyber operations both on the battlefield and to threaten U.S. critical infrastructure and interfere in American politics,” the report says, calling the matter an “alarming picture” that needs addressing.

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