Maybe the best way to fight China in this ostensible cyber war is to create a sixth branch of the military dedicated to cyber security:
In the coming weeks and months, much will be said and written about how we as a nation must respond to this growing crisis. Just as the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) was formed in the 1990s to fortify our military counterterrorism posture, our nation needs to build a new approach to deal with this significant threat.
There is another, equally critical area where both government and industry must come together: how we prepare the homeland on a long-term basis to defend against a new cyber form of warfare and economic conflict. We must go back to first principles in thinking this through.
It is time for the nation to create a sixth branch of the military dedicated to cyber security and for that branch to have its own service academy, steeped in the same traditions and run with the same principles as West Point and the other US service academies, which have proven to be effective through generations.
We already have thousands of talented cyber defense professionals in the military, FBI, secret service and intelligence agencies charged with defending our nation and economy against cyber attack and espionage. However this core of dedicated professionals is not adequately sized to defend against the growing cyber forces that threaten us. China, alone, is said to have more that 100,000 cyber professionals conducting both military and economic espionage operations, according to former NSA Director Mike McConnell in a March speech.
A dedicated military branch with its own academy for cyber, modeled after West Point and the other academies, would benefit considerably from a public-private partnership. It should work with and draw on our best technical talent which is clustered in Silicon Valley, New York, Boston, Austin and other technology hubs, as well as hundreds of universities around the country.
It sure is an interesting argument that has a lot of merit. If the goal is strictly cyber operations, rather than cyber defense, I could see this working out well. However, if it includes cyber defense, as US Cyber Command is ostensibly responsible for, then its doubtful it will succeed.