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Initial Report of the Deans Cyber Warfare Ad Hoc Committee

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Technical Report

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U.S. Naval Academy Annapolis United States

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The Department of Defense has substantially increased the emphasis and investment being made to better position the military to operate effectively in a cyber warfare environment. Among the more notable recent developments have been the establishment of a new Cyber Warfare Command USCYBERCOM at Fort Meade, the establishment of a new Navy Fleet Cyber Command, as well as the reorganization of the OPNAV staff, merging N2 and N6 into a new information-warfare-centric organization. Clearly, future Naval Academy graduates will be expected to know more about cyber warfare than those we have graduated in the past. The Academic Dean and Provost tasked an ad hoc committeethe Cyber Warfare ad hoc Committeeto examine how USNA can best ensure that the officers we provide are able to operate effectively in a cyber warfare environment. More specifically, the Committee was tasked with determining how USNA can invest our midshipmen with the tools, techniques and talents necessary to face this new environment, and asked the committee to examine what impact these new developments should have on the baccalaureate education offered at USNA.

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