The definitions and policies regarding cyberspace are being discussed and debated throughout the Department of Defense. However, the discussion has largely centered around the conventional view of cyberspace as simply the Internet. To be current and useful, the debate should expand the focus to consider the similarities between the conventional view of cyberspace operations and classic electronic warfare (EW), more specifically, offensive cyberspace operations (OCO) and electronic attack (EA).
Such an expansion will enhance the development of a more comprehensive non-kinetic warfare doctrine, which includes other disciplines such as psychological operations, military deception, etc. Because of the very nature of cyberspace and its dependency on the electromagnetic spectrum, the separation of OCO and EA is, and will continue to become, indistinguishable as time and technology progress. If the debate remains solely focused on the commonly accepted view of cyberspace as simply the Internet, then we will miss an opportunity to increase the range and depth of our non-kinetic arsenal.