The Importance of Designating Cyberspace Weapon Systems
AIR AND SPACE POWER JOURNAL MAXWELL AFB AL
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Joint Publication 1-02, Department of Defense Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms, defines weapon system as a combination of one or more weapons with all related equipment, materials, services, personnel, and means of delivery and deployment if applicable required for self-sufficiency. When one thinks of the US Air Force and weapon systems, the B-2 Spirit stealth bomber, F-15E Strike Eagle fighter jet, or F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft quickly come to mind. Even the Minuteman III missile, the Global Positioning System, or KC-135 Stratotanker air refueling aircraft could become part of the discussion because, after all, the Air Forces mission is to fly, fight, and win in air, weapon systems that support cyberspace operations the employment of cyberspace capabilities where the primary purpose is to achieve objectives in or through cyberspace. These systems are unique in that they are tied to the newest domain of cyber a global domain within the information environment consisting of the interdependent network of information technology infrastructures and resident data, including the Internet, telecommunications networks, computer systems, and embedded processors and controllers. space, and cyberspace. These assets, which fall under the air and space umbrella, have served as tried and true weapon systems for many years.
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