Cyberspace is a global commons, just as the high seas, international airspace, and space over time have become. It is made up of electronic fabric created by the Internet, the world's telecommunications infrastructure, radio-frequency communications, and all unique information networks that abound across the globe. Cyberspace is like the Department of Defense's Global Information Grid concept on steroids.
And now, with the stroke of a pen and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates' June 2009 creation of a sub-unified combatant commander known as U.S. Cyber Command, cyberspace is recognized as a critical warfighting area. To succeed in future conflicts, protect our national interests, and defend the homeland, we must maintain a decisive edge in this domain. U.S. Cyber Command integrates cyberspace operations, synchronizes warfighter effects globally, and supports civil and international partners.1 The command seeks to deliver freedom of action in cyberspace to which the Navy's initial reaction has been to establish a new three-star component command, Fleet Cyber Command (FLTCYBERCOM).