On Nov. 2, 2006, then-Secretary of the Air Force Michael Wynne laid the foundation for his service"s move to develop its status as the leader in network warfare operations at the U.S. Department of Defense by announcing the formation of Cyber Command, a new element of the United States Air Force (USAF) intended to conduct military operations in cyberspace. With the Air Force providing the significant contributions to the War on Terror in aerial surveillance, the traditional areas of endeavor for the 61-year-old service have diminished in importance. Finding new missions for the service is important in the struggle for part of a Pentagon budgetary pie that is likely to shrink with the arrival of a new administration in January. As a maneuver of inside-the-Beltway bureaucratic process, the move into cyberspace is pragmatic and shrewd, but politics threaten to impede the construction of a military organization capable of meeting its mandate. 

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