Cybercom Chief Discusses Importance of Cyber Operations
Cybercom Chief Discusses
Importance of Cyber Operations
By Jim Garamone, DoD News, Defense Media
National Harbor, Maryland — (DoD
News) — April 14 2015 — Cyber is an operational domain, and military leaders
are going to have to understand its importance and the opportunities and
challenges of operating in the domain, Navy Adm. Michael S. Rogers said here
today. Rogers, the commander of U.S. Cyber Command, director of the National
Security Agency, and chief of the Central Security Service, spoke at the Navy
League’s 50th annual Sea-Air-Space Exposition. The admiral participated in a
panel entitled, “Cyber, Electromagnetic War and Information Dominance.”
Rogers commented on the speed and growth of the cyber domain. “The world
around us is changing,” he said. “The spectrum and the network are converging.
That represents vulnerability and opportunity. How do we set ourselves up to
take advantage that opportunity while addressing that vulnerability?”
Cyber is an operational domain in which the U.S. military conducts many
operations, “many of them like we do in any other operational domain,” Rogers
Understanding Cyber Culture
Getting traditional warfighters to understand the importance of cyber
operations -- both defense and offense -- requires an understanding of culture
and ethos that is more important than just technology, Rogers said.
“We have got to get beyond focusing just on the technical piece here,” Rogers
said. “It’s about ethos. It’s about culture. It’s about warfighting. It’s about
how do you operationalize a network on a warfighting platform, and what does
that mean?” He added, “It ain’t just a bumper sticker and it’s not just a
In the cyber domain, the emphasis on operations will drive how to man, train
and equip organizations, the admiral said. It also drives how the organization
is structured, he added, and what operational concepts are deployed.
“It’s about how we are going to fight,” he said.
Capitalizing on Information Dominance
The Navy and the other services must put themselves in a position to
capitalize on information dominance, the admiral said.
In June, the Navy will mark the 73rd anniversary of the Battle of Midway,
said Rogers, noting that Midway changed the tide of World War II in the Pacific.
An overmatched U.S. fleet sank four Imperial Japanese Navy aircraft carriers in
a desperate battle off the strategic island of Midway.
It was through signals intelligence, code-breaking and communications that
then-Navy Adm. Chester Nimitz knew where to position the few U.S. aircraft
carriers he had in the region to win the battle.
“As an information warfare officer, as an information dominance officer, I
take great pride in the role and capability that our predecessors brought to
really make a critical difference in an operational outcome,” Rogers said.
Looking forward, cyber warriors must be able to provide the intelligence to
win those battles and more, Rogers said.
How much better it would be in the future, he posited, “if we could not only
provide those operational commanders great situational and environmental
awareness, but what if we could provide commanders the ability to attempt to
bring non-kinetic fires to bear, to give commanders assured command and control,
because opponents are going to be contesting our command and control?”
Rogers said he’s pleased with the progress the maritime services have made in
regard to cyber and the spectrum. But more needs to be done, he added.
The services, he said, need to factor cyber into every decision. “Now we are
in a totally different operational world,” he said.
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