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Wanted: A National Definition of Cyberspace

October 27, 2010
By Robert K. Ackerman

Unlike the other operational realms of land, sea and air, cyberspace can be reshaped significantly by people.

Time to Develop Cyber Weapons?

October 27, 2010
By Robert K. Ackerman

Land, sea and air have dedicated weapons for military operations, cyber space needs them too.

DISA Official Says: No NOSCs

October 27, 2010
By Robert K. Ackerman

It is time for the services to get rid of their network operation and support centers, or NOSCs, according to a high-ranking Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) official. Maj. Gen. Ronnie D. Hawkins Jr., USAF, vice director, DISA, called for the end of service NOSCs as part of DISA's effort to eliminate stovepipes.

SRC To Name Behler as President, CEO

October 27, 2010
By Henry Kenyon

Robert Behler has been named president and chief executive officer of SRC Incorporated, Syracuse, New York.

Fogarty Assigned to ISAF

October 27, 2010
By Henry Kenyon

Brig. Gen. Stephen G. Fogarty, USA, has been assigned as deputy chief of staff for intelligence, Headquarters, International Security Assistance Force, operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan.

Internal Extremism May Be Greatest Threat to India

October 26, 2010
By Robert K. Ackerman

The worst extremist group threatening India may be neither Muslim nor Maoist but instead Hindu.

Two Pacific Giants Unlikely to Slip Into Conflict

October 26, 2010
By Robert K. Ackerman

China has too many challenges at home to risk upsetting the regional security status quo.

Warfighting Capabilities Hinge on Cyber Security

October 26, 2010
By Robert K. Ackerman

"The focus now is on computers over comms, and that's a problem."

North Korean Threat Looms Large

October 26, 2010
By Robert K. Ackerman

The aggression recently shown by North Korea against South Korea may be just the start of a dangerous period with that rogue nation. North Korea has begun a leadership transition that, if history is any judge, could be violent and destructive for its neighbors and adversaries. Adm. Robert F. Willard, USN, commander of the U.S. Pacific Command, told an audience at TechNet Asia-Pacific 2010 that the transition from Kim Jong-Il to his son Kim Jong-Un will be happening much more quickly than the transition that brought the elder Kim to power. That earlier transition took 20 years, during which Kim Jong-Il strengthened his position within the North Korean military by launching a series of assassinations and terror attacks, mostly at South Korean targets and interests. Kim Jong-Il now is in failing health, and his son may follow the same path in a more compressed timetable, Adm. Willard warned. And, North Korea has a burgeoning cyberspace capability. While the United States often worries about the cyberspace threat from China, it should not drop its online guard against North Korea, the admiral stated.

Network Visibility May Be the Miltary's Achilles' Heel

October 26, 2010
By Robert K. Ackerman

The medium literally is the message in Pacific Command operations, as network situational awareness may be the determining factor in the success of future operations. Adm. Robert F. Willard, USN, commander of the U.S. Pacific Command, warned that U.S. military capabilities in this area are strongly lacking. "In command and control, you can't control what you can't see, and you must be able to control everything in these domains," Adm. Willard said. Speaking at TechNet Asia-Pacific 2010, Adm. Willard related that recent Pacific rim exercises illustrated the problem. The cyber element was set up weeks in advance, and it was supported to an unprecedented level by personnel from the newly established U.S. Cyber Command and from other organizations and industry. Yet, at best, experts had visibility into only 50 percent of cyberspace. Worse, leadership had the ability to sense and command in only 10 percent. "You can't command and control that domain unless you can see into it, sense inside it and control it," the admiral reiterated. Often the challenges of network situational awareness overwhelm those tasked with managing it, he continued. "Many people have such a profound sense of complexity about it that they almost give up. But we can't give up," he emphasized.

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