In its response to the Wikileaks incident - our new cyber commands have not covered themselves with glory. Is it a failure of vision, imagination, leadership, professionalism, or just gross malpractice?
Over at USNIBlog, - Galrahn is asking what exactly is going on and gives you plenty to ponder.
... the DoD treats information as a weapon and that viewpoint represents an Achilles heal of the DoD. Because information is treated as a weapon, the DoD often resorts to old doctrine when dealing with an information threat – and the tactics used to deal with the threat become remarkably predictable.Remember my post there from earlier this year?
In the context of information being seen as a weapon by the DoD, and thus a threat to the DoD; it is hardly surprising that the first major public action taken in response to Wikileaks by the United States Air Forces elite cyber command is to build a big wall – after all, when you are under attack one is supposed to build a defense, right? The US Air Force cannot possibly be criticized enough for this action, because it goes against everything the DoD has supposedly learned about information warfare.
Whether the 24th Air Force realizes it or not, the DoD has functionally surrendered the information environment to the Wikileaks adversary because the DoD refuses to engage the adversary, ...
We unwisely asked for it and now we have it - now we have to execute.
My take? I'll go back to my post linked earlier - the US Military should have no role in cyber attack against civilian entities (which Wikileaks is). For two reasons:
1. Most importantly; this is a law enforcement job. The US military should stay away from this. We have a Constitution for a reason. Full stop.
2. We are staffing our "Information Warrior" billets with Staff officers who do not have the background, temperament or career path to be cyber-war professionals. Some things the military does well - this ain't one of them.
We have many civilian institutions that can do this, and will do this better. This is one rice bowl that no one in uniform should be proud of. It warps our actions and threatens our liberty.
Read it all.