Cyber Strategies for a World at War

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Greater cooperation needed to defeat cyber enemies

By David Walsh
January 30, 2009
Defense Systems

Vice Adm. Carl Mauney, deputy commander for the U.S. Strategic Command, makes few bones about it. Given the alarming growth of advanced intrusion efforts, cyber warriors must cooperate and focus more clearly on information assurance.

Mauney was in Washington, D.C. last week addressing the Network Centric Warfare 2009 conference. Attendees included U.S. and foreign military officers, government officials and industry executives.

STRATCOM directs the operation and defense of the military’s gigantic Global Information Grid. The grid executes cyberspace operations and strives to “identify new technologies and capability gaps,” Mauney said. Information assurance is a large part of its work and is dauntingly complex as the GIG interweaves among of the combatant commands, service branches and defense agencies, he said.

Also complicating cyber sleuths’ lives is the world’s billions of eye-blink-fast interconnected computers. But keeping up is vital. “Cyberspace has become a warfighting domain like land, sea, air, space,” Mauney told attendees. “And in light of growingly astute cyber enemies, it’s in our interest to maintain freedom of action,” he said.

However, he cautioned, “It can’t be done in isolation.” There’s a “compelling need to integrate all elements of cyberspace operation and to [move] at net speed.” This is because the DOD on a daily basis faces millions of denial-of-service attacks, hacking, malware, bot-nets, viruses and other ruinous intrusions, some of which are associated with nations and nation-states, he said.

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Cyber-Attack Operations Near

By David A. Fulghum
January 18, 2009
AVIATION WEEK

Continuing development of cyber-weapons and experimentation with digital warfare are triggering optimism and the occasional operational U-turn.

In a few years, the U.S. Army, Navy and Marine Corps expect to be delivering airborne electronic fires and cyber-attacks for ground troops with a fusion of radio battalions, EA-6B Prowlers, EA-18G Growlers and a range of UAVs.

Who actually commands and controls the technology operationally and strategically remains an open question. The uncertainty was illustrated by the formation of Air Force Cyber Command, followed by its months-long pause in bureaucratic limbo and, finally, its re-designation as a numbered air force under U.S. Strategic Command. The institutional tangle was compounded because the services have still not produced a unified plan for electronic warfare and attack. It also contributed to two failures to get the Air Force back into electronic attack with an EB-52 long-range (80-100-naut.-mi.) standoff electronic attack aircraft. The design included the capability to electronically map and attack enemy networks.

“It’s not about putting iron on targets anymore; it’s about fighting the networks,” says a U.S. EW specialist and senior technology officer. “But there is the difficulty that no one has owned cyberwarfare in the past. Now with the massive [cyber] attacks on Estonia and Georgia, it’s a real threat and nobody has the charter [to combat it].”

“The organizations and lines of responsibility are still being worked,” agrees Lt. Gen. Dave Deptula, the Air Force’s deputy chief of staff for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR). “Let me be honest, we’re still at the stage of understanding what cyber is. Cyber-operations broach everything from the tactical to the operational to the strategic. How it is used determines what it is.

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