U.S. Military’s Cyber Capabilities Provide
Strength, Challenges, Official Says
By Jim Garamone, DoD News, Defense Media
Washington D.C. — (DoD
News) — June 22, 2016 — There is hardly a military mission that
doesn’t incorporate cyber capabilities, and that is both a great strength of the
U.S. military and a possible weakness, Air Force Brig. Gen. Charles L. Moore Jr.
told the House Armed Services Committee today.
Participants at Cyber Guard 2016 work through a June 16, 2016, training
scenario during the nine-day exercise in Suffolk, Va. Air Force Brig. Gen.
Charles Moore, the Joint Staff’s deputy director of global operations, told
Congress June 22 that Cyber Guard and exercises like it test the abilities of
Cyber Mission Force teams to defend Defense Department networks.
Moore, the Joint Staff’s deputy director of global operations, said the
inherent global nature of cyberspace operations and threats creates numerous
challenges for the Defense Department.
American warfighting capabilities “are increasingly reliant on the cyber
domain, and it is integral to the advantages we enjoy in everything from our
high-tech weaponry and communications systems, to our ability to rapidly deploy
forces around the globe,” the general said.
And Moore’s Law -- no relation to the general -- predicts the increasing pace
of change in the field will continue, and that, too, causes challenges for DoD,
the general said.
“Trying to keep up with the rate at which technology is advancing in this
rapidly changing environment is extremely challenging,” he said. “It is
important to note that while our adversaries and potential adversaries continue
to increase their capabilities, they also share these challenges.”
However, DoD is making progress, including in building the Cyber Mission
Force, challenging an adversary’s ability to operate freely in cyberspace and
continuing to more effectively defend networks, information and weapon systems
from malicious actors, Moore said.
Cyber Mission Force teams support combatant command requirements to defend
the nation against cyberattack and to protect Defense Department information
networks, the general said.
“While significant progress in all these areas has been made in the last year,
significant challenges do remain, to include equipping the force, establishing a
persistent training environment that is responsive to the many layers of
required training, recruiting and retaining a professional force and finalizing
the command-and-control structure for the Cyber Mission Force,” he told the
Fighting ISIL in Cyberspace
Moore discussed U.S. Cyber Command’s continuing effort against the Islamic
State of Iraq and the Levant. “In this area, Cybercom has not only challenged
ISIL, as the president and the secretary of defense have publicly stated, but
they have also built on our lessons-learned to date, establishing a solid
foundation on which to expand the scale and effectiveness of our operations,” he
The cyber domain is attractive to potential adversaries because the cost of
entry is low, Moore said. Many believe the United States cannot identify where
an attack originates from. They see the domain as their asymmetric advantage,”
the general said.
“Because of these threats from both state and non-state actors, we work
vigorously to harden our networks and weapon systems while educating the Total
Force to create a climate of constant vigilance,” he said.
There cannot be a weak link in the national defense, the general said. DoD
engages and works with private-sector companies, other federal agencies, state
and local governments and with foreign partners to strengthen network defense,
said Moore, noting there is tremendous interest in expanding those cyber
Cyber warriors are also needed tactically, he said. “As our capabilities
continue to grow, we continually engage all of the combatant commands to ensure
cyber-enabled effects are being considered for incorporation in their planning
processes and to benefit all current and future operations,” the general said.
While Cybercom battles ISIL, Moore said, “We also recognize that there are
other threats in cyberspace that must be planned for and addressed. The Joint
Staff, he said, is working closely with Cybercom to … “continue to bring cyber
related options to the table for consideration to support all of our global
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