Accession Number:

ADA503033

Title:

Joint Interagency Coordination Group - Cyber: Empowering the Combatant Commanders against the no-borders threat

Descriptive Note:

Final rept.

Corporate Author:

NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2009-05-04

Pagination or Media Count:

28.0

Abstract:

The worldwide proliferation of technology and increased ease of access to the Internet are facilitating cyber threats from a wide range of sources. From recreational hackers to organized terrorist organizations and legitimate nation states, the threats in cyberspace continue to increase and the points of origin are becoming more difficult to pin-point. The cyber attacks on Estonia and Georgia in 2007 and 2008, respectively, prove that cyberspace is a legitimate warfighting domain. Informed by these attacks, the 2009 Quadrennial Roles and Missions Review report identified cyberspace as one of four focus areas for the Department of Defense DoD, and the armed services are moving quickly to address cyber personnel, training, equipment, and command and control issues. Currently, U.S. Strategic Command USSTRACOM is the departments cyber command and is responsible for operating, maintaining, protecting and monitoring the Global Information Grid GIG and, through the Defense Information Systems Agencys DISA Joint Task Force - Global Network Operations JTF-GNO, exercises assured system and network availability, information protection, and information delivery for the DoD. At the operational level, DISA supports the Geographic Combatant Commanders CCDRs with remote field offices within each of their headquarters and Theater Network Operations Centers TNCs are collocated within most of the COCOM J6 organizations. Despite these support agencies, the CCDR does not have cyber resources at his immediate discretion as USSTRATCOM retains operational control of all units. In order to effectively address threats in the cyber domain, Geographic Combatant Commanders should establish a Joint Interagency Coordination Group - Cyber JIACG-C empowered to leverage joint, interagency, and civilian agency resources to support the commanders objectives.

Subject Categories:

  • Unconventional Warfare
  • Countermeasures

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE