The News: "The US military must shift its focus to fighting a wide range of threats - from cyber attacks to terrorism - the Pentagon's 2010 draft strategy says. ... The strategy accounts for threats such as cyber attacks, global warming and "hybrid" guerrilla-style insurgencies. ... It highlights "a multiplicity of threats", including satellite and cyber attacks, as well as terrorist groups and the prospect of more nuclear-armed nations. ... But it says the military's top priority is to "prevail in today's wars", citing the need to "dismantle terrorist networks" in Afghanistan and Iraq." (BBC News [ here ] )
The Note: As reported by the Woodchip Gazette in 2002, 2003, and most recently in 2009 . full spectrum operations have been at the core of U.S. military thinking since 2001 (although it might take BBC a little time to catch on). The only difference now is that Gates is publicly entrenching the doctrine.