China is working to become the world's dominant power in cyberspace, according to the commander of a new cyber command center being established in Louisiana. Reuters quotes Lt. Gen. Robert Elder as saying:
"They're the only nation that has been quite that blatant about saying, 'We're looking to do that (overtake the United States' dominance).'"
Control of the cyber domain is critical to everything from communications to surveillance to infrastructure security.
In a report last month, the U.S. Defense Department said China views cyberspace -- attacks, defense and exploitation -- as critical for achieving "electromagnetic dominance" early in a conflict.
The Air Force has been monitoring Chinese computer technicians' attempts to gather information on military infrastructure and American trade secrets, Elder said.
Besides fending off potential attackers, the new U.S. command center will focus on disabling foes' computer systems, dropping cyber bombs on enemy sensors, databases, and battle management systems, reports Military.com.