The U.S. Army is currently working on a manual for using cyberspace as a war fighting platform that will be released in October. Once the manual is completed, it will provide battlefield commanders with a coherent guide to exploiting cyberspace in military operations.
The new doctrine is focused on both the offensive and defensive capabilities of cyberspace. The manual is set to cover concepts such as attacking the enemy infrastructure through cyber attacks, identification of enemy units, and enhancing communication among U.S. troops. On the defensive end, the Army’s cyber officials believe it is necessary for the army to be able to combat the recreational hacker to state sponsored and coordinated cyber attacks.
The new systems is meant by the Army to complement the formation of the interservice cyber command that will be set up by the Department of Defense. Despite having a coherent doctrine, units will still need the services of the unified cyber command for operational support.