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Accession Number ADA564067
Title Criticality of Cyber Defense to Operational Commanders.
Publication Date May 2012
Media Count 25p
Personal Author N. E. Prisco
Abstract The rapid expansion of cyberspace, the newest warfighting domain, presents unprecedented challenges for operational commanders going forward. The military, as a whole, is well trained and highly experienced in conducting full- spectrum operations across the land, maritime, air, and space domains, but much less so with regard to cyberspace. Responding to the increasing role and importance of cyberspace at the operational level, U.S. Cyber Command (CYBERCOM) recently began establishing highly specialized Cyber Support Elements (CSE) at the combatant commands. Given this, the question arises as to how CYBERCOM and its supported operational commanders should prioritize cyberspace operations to best support full-spectrum operations. Specifically, which cyber capabilities are most essential in achieving operational objectives: offensive or defensive. This paper argues that operational commanders should focus predominantly on defensive cyberspace operations, limit their offensive capabilities for dynamic cyber defense and counterattack measures only, and should not strike preemptively in cyberspace. The criticality of cyber defense to operational commanders is underscored by three factors: cyber dangers, cyber dependency, and cyber deterrence.
Keywords Active defense
Computer network operations
Computer network security
Cyber dangers
Cyber defense
Cyber dependence
Cyber deterrence
Cyber offense
Cyber support elements
Defense systems
Defensive cyberspace operations
Full-spectrum operations
Geographic combatant commands
Information operations
Joint doctrine
Military capabilities
Military commanders
Military doctrine
Military forces(United states)
Offensive cyberspace operations
Operational commanders
Uscybercom(Us cyber command)

Source Agency Non Paid ADAS
NTIS Subject Category 62D - Information Processing Standards
74 - Military Sciences
74G - Military Operations, Strategy, & Tactics
Corporate Author Naval War Coll., Newport, RI. Joint Military Operations Dept.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note Research paper.
NTIS Issue Number 1302
Contract Number N/A

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