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Cyber to Have Heavy Impact on Army Networks

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AUSA News
Thursday, July 14, 2016

Breathtakingly swift advances in cyber threats, capabilities and technology will heavily impact the Army’s efforts to develop its network for both offensive and defensive operations, said Maj. Gen. Paul Nakasone, commander of the U.S. Cyber Command’s Cyber National Mission Force. Against that backdrop, he said, the release of the Army Network Campaign Plan in February 2015 to guide those efforts “seems well-placed.”

Nakasone gave the keynote address at the July 14 Hot Topic forum “Network Readiness in a Complex World,” sponsored by the Association of the U.S. Army’s Institute of Land Warfare. He said the Army Network Campaign Plan, designed to provide vision and direction for the evolution of the Army network in 2020 and beyond, will feel the impact of cyber three ways.

“First—no surprise—the threats our networks face are capable, persistent and dynamic,” he said. “This will require us to rethink how we defend ourselves.”

Second, “We not only must leverage technology to drive costs to our adversaries higher while lowering costs to ourselves and our networks, but we also must be able to maneuver within cyber space to defeat our adversaries.”

Finally, Nakasone said, “The foundational necessity to recruit, train and retain a high-end workforce to address both our networks and cyberspace operations will push us to find unique ways to manage our most talented personnel.”

The Army “has a unique opportunity to address these areas,” he said, “both in building on what we already have in place, and in the challenges we must address to ensure commanders can leverage Army networks to successfully apply strategic land power in the complex environments of today and tomorrow.”

The Hot Topics forum was held at the AUSA Conference and Event Center in Arlington, Va.