The Joint COMSEC Monitoring Activity (JCMA): A Foglight for the Operational Artist?
NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI
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The Joint COMSEC Monitoring Activity JCMA is a new capability available to joint operations commands. It can be viewed as an instrument of command and control C2 protection of command and control warfare C2W. In evaluating its potential contribution to the conduct of operational art, its greatest value appears to be for providing near-real-time input of what the enemy is likely to be perceiving from monitoring friendly unencrypted communications. To the extent possible, this can fill what will almost always be a critical intelligence gap. JCMAs joint composition, forward deployable Joint COMSEC Monitoring and Analysis Teams JCMATs, and speed of service offer a unique combat multiplier to joint force commanders. JCMA is well into a two-year proof-of-concept period and has performed 17 missions, including both exercise and real-world operations. Supported commands have expressed satisfaction with the results and stated intentions to request JCMA support in the future. It appears JCMA is an effective tool for helping operational leaders see through the fog1 of war. KAR P. 1
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