The Defense Department has made slow, but steady progress in developing an “effective, mature” cyber policy that outlines appropriate rules of engagement for operating in this domain, as well as roles in missions and command and control, said Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.), Senate Armed Services Committee chairman, on March 12. Levin, speaking during a SASC oversight hearing delving into cybersecurity issues, said the joint staff “is ready to issue its first-ever document covering cyber doctrine,” which will include rules of engagement for military commanders. In addition, DOD has developed “a set of emergency action procedures for cyber crisis situations, similar to the processes in place and regularly exercised for nuclear and ballistic missile defense operations,” he said. He added, “The fact that these foundational policy frameworks and planning actions are now just taking shape, serves as a stark illustration of how immature and complex this . . . warfare domain remains.”
The Air Force overall reduced its size by 120 aircraft in fiscal year 2021, but kept about the same number of fighter, bomber and attack aircraft, according to data supplied by the service. The F-35 fleet saw the biggest increase while the B-1B bomber fleet saw the largest decline.