The U.S. military now has a legal framework to cover offensive operations in cyberspace, the commander of the U.S. Strategic Command said Wednesday, less than a month after terming this a work in progress.

"I do not believe that we need new explicit authorities to conduct offensive operations of any kind," Air Force General Robert Kehler said in the latest sign of quickening U.S. military preparations for possible cyber warfare.

"I do not think there is any issue about authority to conduct operations," he added, referring to the legal framework.

But he said the military was still working its way through cyber warfare rules of engagement that lie beyond “area of hostilities,” or battle zones, for which they have been approved.

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