This could accelerate the transformation of cyber as a military tool.
A unified command would be "a pretty big deal" in organizing domestic cyber forces to "win informationized local wars," according to Council on Foreign Relations cyberspace program director Adam Segal, citing a goal enshrined in China’s first white paper on military strategy released in May.
Other countries are adopting similar strategies. Russia was moving to create a new army corps to ensure information security, Pravda reported on its website in mid-2013. Little is known about the structure of North Korea’s cyber warfare operations, though it was blamed for the hacking of computers at Sony Corp.’s Hollywood studio late last year and the regime has said previously it’d retaliate against any U.S. provocations with conventional, nuclear and cyber attacks.
The PLA’s first specialized information unit was set up in July 2010, not long after the U.S. Cyber Command went operational.