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Cybercom exec calls for deeper threat intel-sharing as warfare evolves

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The combatant command relies “heavily on” open-source intelligence associated with cyber threats to national security.

House Armed Services Committee concerned with state of Navy cyber readiness

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The House Armed Services Committee is pushing the Navy to create a singular and special work role dedicated to cyberspace matters and is willing to play hardball with the service to get it to do so, according to a provision in its version of the fiscal 2023 National Defense Authorization Act. Not having such a specific role risks neglecting cyber and having a lack of institutional expertise both in the…

SASC bill authorizes budget boost for several Cyber Command initiatives

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The Senate Armed Services Committee’s version of the annual defense policy bill would authorize plus-ups in funding for several U.S. Cyber Command programs and concepts. The committee passed its version of the fiscal 2023 National Defense Authorization Act on Thursday morning behind closed doors and released a summary of the bill. The legislation will now go to the Senate floor for consideration. The summary notes several programs received increases in…

New leader chosen for Air Force’s information warfare command

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President Biden has nominated Maj. Gen. Kevin Kennedy to be the next commander of the 16th Air Force, the service’s information warfare entity, the Pentagon announced Wednesday. If confirmed by the Senate, Kennedy, who is currently serving as the director of operations for U.S. Cyber Command, would get his third star and succeed Lt. Gen. Timothy Haugh. Haugh was recently selected to serve as Cyber Command’s deputy commander in April.…

Space Force will likely add a component to Cyber Command, senior official says

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As the newest military branch, the Space Force is currently leveraging the Air Force’s component to U.S. Cyber Command as its conduit and connection to the organization. But that may change, according to a senior official. “We don’t have our own cyber component yet in U.S. Cyber Command [but] I think that day will come, quite frankly. It’s too important. The service will have too many cyber responsibilities. We’re just…

Cyber Command awards nearly $60M contract for 'hunt forward' operations

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U.S. Cyber Command has awarded a nearly $60 million contract to Sealing Technologies to provide equipment to conduct defensive cyber operations abroad on the networks of partner nations, the company announced Thursday. Specifically, the award is for so-called hunt-forward operations, which involve physically sending defensively-oriented cyber protection teams from the Cyber National Mission Force to foreign nations to hunt for threats on their networks at the invitation of host nations.…

Cyber Command’s force is growing, in part, to support space

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As part of investments in the Future Years Defense Program, U.S. Cyber Command and its subordinate organizations are investing in a phased approach to contribute defensive and offensive teams to support space entities. Part of the growth of Cyber Command’s cyber mission force, in addition to the increased demand in cyberspace, is to support newly established space entities such as Space Command, the newest combatant command. “We continue to contribute…

GAO: Cyber Command lacks metrics for assessing its weapons and platforms

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Despite some progress in maturing its architecture for guiding major purchases of platforms, U.S. Cyber Command still has not developed an outcome-based metric to support assessments of programs and staffing issues for acquisitions, according to a Government Accountability Office report released Wednesday. The Senate mandated study, titled “Defense Acquisitions: Cyber Command Needs to Develop Metrics to Assess Warfighting Capabilities,” is the second such GAO assessment of Cybercom’s Joint Cyber Warfighting…

Transportation Command will soon implement 'zero trust' on classified networks

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Transportation Command will be implementing a zero trust security model on its classified networks in the coming months, according to congressional testimony. In “partnership with U.S. Cyber Command, we are implementing Zero Trust security model principles on our classified network and expect to complete implementation no later than the Summer of 2022,” Gen. Jacqueline Van Ovost, commander of Transcom, said Tuesday in written testimony to the Senate Armed Services Committee.…