U.S. Cyber Command Chief
Details Plans to Meet Cyberspace Threats
By Jim Garamone, DoD News, Defense Media
Fort Meade, Maryland — (DoD
News) — September 8, 2015 — The commander of U.S. Cyber Command has
stressed the need for the command to integrate its capabilities into all aspects
of the national security effort, and today Navy Adm. Michael S. Rogers released
the Cybercom vision statement, describing how the command will do just that.
The document -- entitled, “Beyond the Build: Delivering Outcomes Through
Cyberspace,” -- establishes Rogers’ intent and priorities for the members of the
command and its subordinate units. The statement supports the DoD Cyber Strategy
that Defense Secretary Ash Carter unveiled in April.
Confronting Cyber Threats
Hardly a day goes by where some corporation or government entity does not
report an intrusion or attack. And unlike in the physical domains, there are
peer competitors in the cyber world, vision statement says.
“Our challenge is to protect the things we value -- freedom, liberty,
prosperity, intellectual property and personal information -- without hindering
the free flow of information that fosters growth and intellectual dynamism,”
Because the command and domain are new, there is an educational aspect behind
the vision. Rogers charged Cyber Command personnel to explain the new domain to
partners in the broader military, the intelligence community and civilian
agencies. He wants personnel to discuss the threats -- which are growing -- and
what can be done to combat them.
Cyber Command is DoD’s warfighting arm in the cyber domain. DoD’s strategy
calls for the command to defend DoD networks, systems and information, to defend
the homeland against cyberattacks and to provide support to military and
All military missions and personnel are affected by the cyber realm.
Cyberspace is a new warfighting domain, just as land, sea, air and space are
domains. The Cyber Command vision statement underlines the need to integrate
cyberspace operations into all military plans and to develop “new ways of
defending, fighting and partnering against learning adversaries in the contested
Keys to operationalizing cyberspace include creating defensible networks,
achieving and maintaining shared situational awareness, building cyber forces
that are trained and ready and developing a command and control system that is
agile, quick and integrated, the vision statement says.
“We [must] maintain an operational mindset, with our networks and cyber
capabilities led by commanders who understand they are always in real or
imminent contact with adversaries,” Rogers wrote, noting that turning strategy
and plans into operational outcomes is key and requires leadership.
Partnering to Develop Operational Capabilities
The command must also work with partners in the government and in private
industry to deter, detect and respond to attacks, many of which occur against
critical infrastructure in commercial hands.
“The many components of our information environment must be designed and led
so they can operate and interact dynamically, constantly and simultaneously, and
continue to function and fight in the face of damage and casualties,” the
“It is my intent that we move forward quickly with our
partners to build our military capabilities,” Rogers wrote. The threats are
active, he added, and the command must deter or address them now. “We will build
our teams and capabilities to be agile, innovative and accountable as we execute
our missions on behalf of our nation.
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Navy Adm. Michael Rogers
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Beyond the Build: Delivering Outcomes Through Cyberspace
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U.S. Cyber Command