U.S. Command Relationships in the Conduct of Cyber Warfare: Establishment, Exercise, and Institutionalization of Cyber Coordinating Authority
NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT
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The character of cyberspace, the requirement to share situational awareness, and a need for coordination of cyber effects crossing geographic areas of responsibility AORs has driven continued centralization of cyberspace command and control C2. This centralization confronts traditional command relationships and will likely generate friction between the future Commander, U.S. Cyber Command CDR USCYBERCOM and Geographic Combatant Commanders GCCs. Easing of friction requires a careful balance of equities between these Joint Force Commanders JFCs and must provide for global unity of effort while not significantly constraining the GCCs freedom of action in the cyber domain. To achieve this balance, the Department of Defense DOD should specify establishment, exercise and institutionalization of a Cyber Coordination Authority CCA. CCA will define, through DOD establishing directives, detailed authorities used by supported and supporting combatant commanders to adequately plan, prepare, and control reach back cyber capabilities organic to USCYBERCOM. To exercise CCA on behalf of the GCC, a Director of Cyber Forces DIRCYBERFOR is required to advise, coordinate, integrate and perform staffing functions to weave robust cyber effects throughout the GCCs major lines of operations. CCA requires institutionalization within joint and service doctrines to legitimize cyberspace as a warfighting domain, formalize cyberspace operations, and provide an effective forum to advocate for resources.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
- Unconventional Warfare