Warfighting in Cyberspace Requires Leaders

The Changing Face of Military Operations

In a recent address to the graduating class of the US Air Force Academy, Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, took specific aim at emerging threats in cyberspace.  His point?  The warrior’s environment is changing.

What message does this send to the prospective leaders of the US Air Force that listened to this message?  Changing warfare environments require change in leadership priorities.  It the months and years ahead, it will no longer be appropriate to relegate cyber and space warfare to a dark room of technicians.  It will require the attention of educated and engaged leaders.

In fact, it will require the attention of intelligent and technically minded people who could change the face of leadership once more.  Could this be the end of the football team captain and the rise of the chairperson of the audio-visual club?  For  my money, I think healthy change will require both ends of the high school social spectrum…

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