Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) recently argued for establishing a Cyber Service Academy that would do for digital defense and warfare what West Point did for the infantry, cavalry and artillery. Indeed, we now face grave threats from keyboards and not just missiles. But the United States needs much more than one new top-notch school, because cybersecurity is a different kind of fight.
Americans like me who grew up in the 1980s or 1990s are used to relatively small numbers of volunteer U.S. soldiers fighting in faraway places to keep trouble there from arriving here. Even during the “war on terror,” we trusted our elite warriors to fix the problem for us.