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[infowar.de] IW Mann Meyers wird Chairman der JCS
zur Erinnerung. Das US Space Command ist nicht zuständig für alle Aspekte von Weltraumkriegsführung, Computer Netwerk Defense, sondern auch für Computer Network Attacks. Das hier ein Zitat vom 10.1.2000 mit dem Titel
"Space Command Plans for Computer Network Attack Mission"
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON - ...
Oh ... and by the way, the future has arrived.
The U.S. Space Command, which only last October took over
responsibility for DoD's computer network defenses, will
assume the flip-side attack mission beginning in October
2000. Air Force Gen. Richard Myers, commander in chief of
the Space Command, said DoD is moving forward to make
computer network attacks part of the military arsenal.
Although Space Command is still in the early stages of
developing a concept of operations and implementation
plans, the goal of information attacks will focus on
denying, disrupting and degrading systems, Myers said
during a Jan. 5 Pentagon briefing.
Jener Myers wird nun der nächste CJCS. Rumsfeld hat dabei bei seiner Vorauswahl nichts
dem Zufall überlassen. Auch der 2. Top-Kandidat, Eberhart, war, genauso wie Myers
Chef des US-Space Command. Man darf also erwarten, dass die US Militärstrategie-Transformation,
die von Rumsfeld gepusht wird, sich hier auch personalpolitisch weiter umsetzen wird und
IW als intergraler Bestandteil zukünftiger militärischer Operationen aufgewertet werden wird.
Bush Plans to Tap Air Force General
Myers Is Expected to Chair Joint Chiefs
By Mike Allen
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, August 23, 2001; Page A01
President Bush plans to name Air Force Gen. Richard B. Myers, former head of the U.S. Space Command, as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, administration officials said yesterday.
Myers, a combat pilot in Vietnam who now is vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs, will become the nation's highest ranking uniformed officer at a time when the Pentagon is reassessing the size and mission of the post-Cold War armed services.
Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, whose intensive review of the military has drawn criticism from Congress and some top military leaders, will appear at hearings side-by-side with a general who shares his enthusiasm for an aggressive U.S. defense in space.
Myers, 59, was one of two finalists for the job, along with Adm. Vern Clark, the chief of naval operations. Rumsfeld, Myers and other national security officials are scheduled to meet with the president at his ranch in Crawford, Tex., on Friday for a briefing on the military review, which Bush made a centerpiece of his campaign.
Administration officials said Bush could announce his nomination of Myers on Friday. Senior officials said they could say little about the decision other than that they expect Myers to be named the 15th chairman of the Joint Chiefs. The appointment requires Senate confirmation.
White House press secretary Ari Fleischer described Myers as "one of the key people involved in the military transformation," but he said he would not speculate about who Bush had picked. "As soon as we have final word, we will advise the press corps when any type of presidential announcement will be," Fleischer said at a briefing near Bush's ranch yesterday.
Former Pentagon officials said the selection of Myers can be expected to produce increased angst in the Army, which has been struggling for a role in the new administration. Bush and Rumsfeld have said they want to emphasize forces that are light and swift, and make more use of technology.
An Army general has been chairman of the Joint Chiefs since 1989, and eight of the 14 chairmen were from the Army. The current chairman, Army Gen. Henry H. Shelton, plans to retire on Sept. 30. The last Air Force officer to become chairman was Gen. David Jones, who served from 1978 to 1982.
Derek J. Mitchell, a senior fellow in international security at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said the selection of Myers reflects the ascendance of the Air Force, once known as the junior service. "You don't hear much about the Army now, besides hearing about cuts," Mitchell said.
Myers is a former commander of U.S. forces in Japan and Hawaii. Former Pentagon officials said the selection of an officer with experience in Asia is the latest indication that the administration regards China as the next great military threat.
Administration officials said that Bush puts a high premium on getting along with his top officials and that his personal comfort with Myers may have been as much of a factor in the decision as the general's space background.
Myers, who has worked closely with Deputy Defense Secretary Paul D. Wolfowitz throughout the contentious military review, said at a Pentagon briefing on Aug. 8: "I think there is consensus that change is required. . . . It is really tough work."
Myers has said that the United States must "ensure use of space on our terms." He declared in a 1999 speech that, although this nation has no desire for conflict in space, "the only neutrality that counts comes from strength." He said the United States must be prepared to use force in space "if appropriate, to respond to infringement on our sovereign rights."
Michael E. O'Hanlon, a specialist in defense strategy at the Brookings Institution, said Myers is likely to reinforce Rumsfeld's predispositions on the military's role in space. "I wouldn't mind somebody who would make the conversation more nuanced and careful," O'Hanlon said.
An administration official described Myers as "a straight shooter -- not flashy, a very decent guy." A longtime professional acquaintance said Myers is known as a good boss and "will ask tough questions, but only in private."
Rumsfeld, who met yesterday with Washington Post reporters and editors, refused to say who has been chosen to head the Joint Chiefs. Asked whether the new chairman shares his views on military transformation, Rumsfeld joked that he wasn't sure.
"You never know," Rumsfeld said. "You get married, and you hope and pray."
But Rumsfeld expressed confidence that the new chairman will be a man of high stature. "You've got to assume that in a reasonable period of time, you're going to be in a [military] pickle, and you've got to have someone you have confidence in, who will give outstanding military advice, and who understands the process and contingency problems and risks and dangers, and who people in the military will have confidence in," he said.
From 1996 through 1997, Myers was assistant to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Army Gen. John Shalikashvili. Unlike many four-star generals who started their careers at the service academies, Myers began his Air Force career in 1965 through the Reserve Officer Training Corps program at Kansas State University.
He was commander of U.S. forces in Japan from 1993 to 1996, commander of Pacific Air Forces from 1997 to 1998, and commander in chief of the North American Aerospace Defense Command and the U.S. Space Command from 1998 until his confirmation as vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in 2000.
Born in Kansas City, Mo., Myers graduated from Kansas State University and holds a master's degree in business administration from Auburn University. He often can be seen riding his Harley-Davidson motorcycle near his home at Fort Myer, near Arlington National Cemetery. He and his wife, Mary Jo, have two daughters and a son.
Staff writers Vernon Loeb and Thomas E. Ricks contributed to this report.
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