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[ISN] Cyber training no longer basic
By Amber Corrin
Nov 18, 2011
For roughly a century, the U.S. military has fought on land, by sea and
in the air. For the most part, the domains have been tangible and the
boundaries defined. Now a new domain is emerging: cyber warfare. And
although online operations overlap the traditional physical arena, the
cyber domain is mostly intangible, with battles waged over networks with
no obvious borders and against faceless foes.
To meet the threats and operational demands of this unfamiliar
territory, the U.S. military is embracing new models and agendas for
training its troops.
âTreating cyberspace as a domain means that the military needs to
operate and defend its networks and to organize, train and equip our
forces to perform cyber missions,â then-Deputy Defense Secretary William
Lynn said in July.
Efforts range from mandatory cyber education for those in the lowest
ranks to elite training for new, highly specialized careers in network
defense. The transition is eased somewhat for a generation that is
well-versed in the technologies of the Information Age.
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