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Top commander expects drones strikes against US forces, partners in Africa

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American forces in Africa and their partners will likely come under attack by armed drones operated by violent extremist groups in the not-too-distant future, the commander of U.S. Africa Command is warning. Militant organizations in the Middle East have already employed such tactics using modified commercially available systems, Army Gen. Stephen Townsend noted during a meeting with the Defense Writers Group on Thursday. “I don’t know why it is, but…

Military services 'not aligned' on JADC2 efforts, Air Force official warns

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The various efforts the military services are undertaking to achieve a more connected way of warfare are disjointed and need more guidance, according to a top Air Force adviser and other observers. The Pentagon’s Joint All-Domain Command and Control (JADC2) concept seeks to connect sensors and shooters, and provide battlefield commanders with the right information to make faster decisions. But each of the military departments have their own JADC2 initiatives:…

Senate wants tighter cyber-electronic warfare integration, clarity on organizations for cyber ops

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The Senate Armed Services Committee wants a strategy and more coherent integration of cyber and electronic warfare effects in military operations. A provision in the committee’s version of the fiscal 2023 National Defense Authorization Act is requiring the Department of Defense to develop a strategy for “converged cyber and electronic warfare conducted by and through deployed military and intelligence assets operating in the radiofrequency domain to provide strategic, operational and…

Senate bill to require annual briefing on NSA-CYBERCOM relationship

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A Senate committee wants annual briefings on the relationship between U.S. Cyber Command and the National Security Agency, which are currently co-located and have shared resources. The provision is found in the Senate Armed Services Committee’s version of the fiscal 2023 National Defense Authorization Act, which passed the committee June 16, but language wasn’t released until July 18. When Cyber Command was initially being built, the Department of Defense co-located…

Senate Armed Services Committee questions Navy's future role, contribution to cyberspace operations

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Editor’s note: This story was updated July 21 with comment from Sen. Mike Rounds, R-S.D., ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Cybersecurity. The Senate’s version of the annual defense policy bill raises the specter that the Navy should entirely get out of cyber operations for U.S. Cyber Command. While the Senate Armed Services passed its version of the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal 2023 on June…

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…