Cy­ber war­fare plans

The Washington Times Weekly - - National Security -

Air Force Gen. Kevin P. Chilton, com­man­der of the U.S. Strate­gic Com­mand, said re­cently that the mil­i­tary is re­cruit­ing 2,000 to 4,000 cy­ber­war­riors for a spe­cial force in­volved in both cy­ber de­fense and the more se­cret mis­sion of con­duct­ing of­fen­sive net­work at­tacks against for­eign com­puter and elec­tronic sys­tems.

The cur­rent acro­nym-heavy struc­ture is part of the Strate­gic Com­mand’s Joint Task ForceGlobal Net­work Op­er­a­tions (JTFGNO), which de­fends the Pen­tagon’s crit­i­cal Global In­for­ma­tion Grid do­mes­ti­cally and around the world from the tens of thou­sands of at­tempted elec­tronic pen­e­tra­tions ev­ery day.

The sec­ond el­e­ment is the Joint Func­tional Com­po­nent Com­mand Net­work War­fare (JFCC-NW), which will wage cy­ber war against for­eign en­e­mies, for ex­am­ple, break­ing into a for­eign mil­i­tary’s net­work and elec­tron­i­cally sab­o­tag­ing weapons sys­tems so they won’t op­er­ate.

“In the fu­ture, we’re looking at how we can com­bine those two into a sin­gle or­ga­ni­za­tion,” Gen.

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