Space Symposium: Cyber is battleground of the future

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The leader of the Air Force Space Command says unmanned aircraft that can be controlled from the United States but carry out missions around the world show the future direction of warfare.

Gen. William Shelton said Monday that remotely piloted aircraft and other capabilities in the cyber domain will be essential to the U.S. military.

Shelton spoke at the Space Foundation’s cyber convention in Colorado Springs.

Shelton says the U.S. military still faces challenges in cyberspace, especially in “situational awareness.” That’s a military term for knowing not only where an enemy is, but where it has been, where it’s going and what its intentions are.

Also scheduled to speak at the convention is retired Marine Gen. Peter Pace, a former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.