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Future conflicts will not have to start with a bang. An Air Force C-17 carries a special payload, and somewhere over the Indian Ocean the cargo is released. This cargo consists of the latest in unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) technology: swarms of mini UAVs with the appearance and perceived characteristics of locusts. The objective of this swarm is to disrupt and not destroy key electrical nodes in a target nation, allowing USSOCOM troops to enter the country undetected. Simultaneously, US cyber forces are disrupting the backup generator systems to ensure radar systems stay down. This could be the beginning of a major offensive or the preparation of a capital region to give rebel forces the freedom of movement and surprise to conduct a bloodless coup. The complexity of this operation demands unity of effort and cyber operations can play an important part. Is this unity of effort best achieved with our present operational and strategic cyber force structure? Would cyber operations benefit from a structure such as the USSOCOM model?
United States military personnel have prov…