Cyber Operations

July 17, 2013
George I. Seffers

Booz Allen Hamilton Inc., McLean, Va.; CACI Technologies Inc., Chantilly, Va.; Computer Sciences Corp., Falls Church, Va.; General Dynamics One Source LLC, Fairfax, Va.; Honeywell Technology Solutions Inc., Columbia, Md.; Engility Corp., Mount Laurel, N.J.; Lockheed Martin Services Inc., Gaithersburg, Md.; Science Applications International Corp., McLean, Va.; Scientific Research Corp., Atlanta, Ga.; Secure Mission Solutions, Fairfax, Va.; STG Inc., Reston, Va.; Systems Research and Applications Corp., Fairfax, Va.; and URS Federal Services Inc., Germantown, Md., are each being awarded an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-fixed-fee, with provisions for fixed-price-incentive (firm target) and firm-fixed-price task orders,

March 28, 2012
By George Seffers

The U.S. military needs to develop a career field that will encompass the entire career of cyber warriors, said LTC Gregory Conti, USA, who directs the Cyber Research Center at the U.S. Military Academy.

"We need to create a career field from private all the way through general officer," Col. Conti suggested at the TechNet Land Forces conference in Tucson, Arizona. He added that cyber is not just a two or three-year assignment and that cyber warriors need to know they have a future in the military. Furthermore, military members with cyber expertise need to have leaders with greater expertise, and the military must grow those leaders.

August 1, 2011
By Rachel Eisenhower

In the midst of a global cyberspace crisis, the U.S. Defense Department faces many hurdles in its effort to protect and defend government computer networks. According to an unclassified version of a previously issued classified report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), several cyberspace capability gaps exist. The U.S. Cyber Command is decentralized and spread across various offices, commands, and military services and agencies, which makes the supporting relationships necessary to achieve command and control of cyberspace operations unclear. In response to a major computer infection, the U.S.

January 29, 2010

Although the U.S. Navy has been in the cyber arena for many years, today the service officially moved into the operational cyber domain as Vice Adm. Barry McCullough, USN, took command of the U.S. Fleet Cyber Command/U.S. 10th Fleet. At the commissioning/re-commissioning of this new command and revitalized fleet, Adm. McCullough officially became the Navy's primary connection with the other armed services and joint community as well as the Navy's leader in the cyber operational and tactical realm. Prior to the Commissioning Orders and Assumption of Command ceremony, CNO Adm.

March 4, 2009
By Beverly Schaeffer

The networked world is beginning to discover that sharing is not always beneficial. Marauders always have been the bane of cyberspace, but now a new set of threats has emerged to imperil more than just the usual targets. Ordinary citizens now are menaced by sophisticated organizations seeking to damage society or to loot it of its funds-or both. And, as always, the network-centric military is under assault by increasingly frequent and effective cyberagents operating under foreign government control. In Launching Stealth Warfare, Maryann Lawlor returns to report on the possibility of the next major war being launched by a digital attack.

December 2011
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Magazine

 

Earlier this year, cybercriminals spoofed the U.S. Air Force’s Web portal. Such attacks are on the rise across the Internet, and the various military branches are engaged in battling these phishing attempts.

Enhanced vigilance is required as defense Web pages face greater threats.

December 2011
By George I. Seffers, SIGNAL Magazine

 

To demonstrate information-hiding techniques, officials with Backbone Security embedded a 122-page extract from a terrorist training manual in a photograph. The alteration cannot be detected with the human eye, or with most network security tools.

December 2011
By Max Cacas, SIGNAL Magazine

 

The National Cybersecurity and Communications and Integration Center, Department of Homeland Security, is in Arlington, Virginia. Photo courtesy of Federal News Radio.

Global network technologies challenge the U.S. agency that must protect them.

May 2010
By Robert K. Ackerman, SIGNAL Magazine

 

The Naval Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Station, Pacific, in Hawaii, provides telecommunications support to naval, joint and coalition forces throughout the Pacific theater and the Indian Ocean. The U.S. Navy has combined its networking and intelligence functions as part of its thrust toward building an information-centric Navy.

March 2009
By Maryann Lawlor

 
A U.S. Air Force hot bench team at the Global Cyberspace Integration Center examines software and information systems for potential problems before they are delivered to warfighters. Cyberspace could be the first line of offense in future warfare.
Attacks in cyberspace may be prelude to future conventional conflicts.

March 2009
By Rita Boland

 
Investigating and prosecuting cybercrimes are diverse and fluid fields.