Don't Forget the Cyber! Why the Joint Force Commander Must Integrate Cyber Operations Across Other War Fighting Domains, and How a Joint Forces Cyberspace Component Commander Will Help
NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT
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Amidst a geometric increase in the interconnectedness of our world, the official Department of Defense definition calls cyberspace a global domain in which all military departments and combatant commands need to operate unimpeded. Despite the operational implications of this statement, there is little published research about how the current Unified Command Plan affects the integration of cyber operations with actions in other domains in the geographic commands. This paper finds U.S. STRATCOMs monopoly over planning and execution of cyberspace operations, as well as the structure and composition of the geographic command that must integrate cyberspace operations at the operational level, suboptimal to creative operational design and integrated force employment. As a remedy, this paper asserts an empowered Joint Force Cyber Component Commander JFCyCC within each geographic combatant command will improve the integration of operations in cyberspace with operations in other domains and across the range of military operations. A JFCyCC will enhance the Joint Force Commanders JFC freedom of action and military advantage by widening the canvass on which he can creatively paint his forces.