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The Joint Officer in the Next War Better Know His Cyber, and Good! Methods to Integrating Cyberspace Operations Into Joint Planning

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Cyberspace operations are redefining national security, the character of warfare, and the struggle for power in the global environment. Yet, Joint Force Commanders continue to place emphasis on kinetic warfare, and often assume a passive posture in integrating cyberspace operations into the joint planning process. In order to achieve the optimal balance between the domains and apply operational art for the creation of the formidable combined force, Joint Force Commanders must integrate cyberspace operations into their understanding of combined arms to employ it effectively. While most Joint Force Commanders would hardly claim that cyberspace operations are not significant, many approach cyberspace operations in a way that indicates otherwise. This is because Joint Force Commanders lack a fundamental common understanding about the cyberspace domain that is directly fueled by a lack of integration in cyberspace doctrine and theory, a lack of cyberspace operations integration into the core curriculum of professional military education, and in the cultural values that drive the development and selection of current and future Joint Force Commanders. Addressing the lack of cyberspace integration into these three critical areas will posture current and future Joint Force Commanders to employ cyberspace operations effectively as part of combined arms to triumph against U.S. adversaries.

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  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

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