U.S. Cyber Command reaches full staffing globally

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Cyber Command has managed to reach a milestone: Full operational capabilities.

Joint Force Headquarter-DoD Information Networks, which is responsible for global synchronization and command and control of the department’s information networks, reached the milestone three years after its creation, a Jan. 31 announcement from the Defense Department said.

The statement also noted that the command participated in a variety of exercises “in support of mission outcomes and managed daily operations to address and counter significant cyber threats” to reach the milestone.

The new designation is “a recognition that we’re able to perform the basic tasks that we’re laid out to perform as the Joint Force Headquarters,” Rear Adm. Kathleen Creighton, JFHQ-DoDIN’s deputy commander, said.

“We’ve been able to show through exercises and other world events that we’ve been able to perform our mission of secure, operate and defend,” she added.

The deputy commander noted the defense area needed improvement.

“As we’re becoming [fully operational], we really recognize that the intel piece on the defense side is not where it is on the offensive side,” Creighton said. [source]

(Analyst comment: Cyber is ‘where it’s at’ moving forward in terms of national security. Obviously, it’s not as if we don’t still need land, sea, ground, and nuclear forces, but so much of our defense infrastructure is reliant on connectivity that is constantly under assault and must be continually defended, 24/7/365. The speed at which Cyber Command put together its global information network force and infrastructure speaks to the importance the Pentagon places on cyber.)

Jon E. Dougherty is a political, foreign policy and national security analyst and reporter with nearly 30 years of experience in both fields. A U.S. Army veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom, he holds BA in Political Science from Ashford University and an MA in National Security Studies/Intelligence Analysis from American Military University.

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