Cyberspace superiority is
|“||[t]he operational advantage in, through, and from cyberspace to conduct operations at a given time and in a given domain without prohibitive interference.||”|
Cyberspace superiority may be localized in time and space, or it may be broad and enduring. The concept of cyberspace superiority hinges on the idea of preventing prohibitive interference to joint forces from opposing forces, which would prevent joint forces from creating their desired effects. "Supremacy" prevents effective interference, which does not mean that no interference exists, but that any attempted interference can be countered or should be so negligible as to have little or no effect on operations. While "supremacy" is most desirable, it may not be operationally feasible. Cyberspace superiority, even local or mission-specific cyberspace superiority, may provide sufficient freedom of action to create desired effects. Therefore, commanders should determine the minimum level of control required to accomplish their mission and assign the appropriate level of effort.
- "Overview" section: Cyberspace Operations: Air Force Doctrine Document 3-12, at 2.