Defense Operations Blog

Mobile C2 Gets Tactical

May 24, 2022
Posted by Kimberly Underwood
Warfighters from or attached to the Air Force’s 422nd Test and Evaluation Squadron relied on a Chevrolet SUV, commercial and government off-the-shelf components, and their ingenuity to achieve operation of the first-ever truly mobile command and control capabilities during the Black Flag 22-1 exercise at the base’s Nevada Test and Training Range on May 12, reported Senior Airman Zachary Rufus from the 57th Wing Public Affairs Office. Credit: Senior Airman Zachary Rufus, U.S. Marines and their KC-130 aircraft paired with a Chevrolet SUV equipped with commercial and government off-the-shelf components to achieve operation of the first-ever truly mobile command and control capabilities, during the Black Flag 22-1 exercise at the base’s Nevada Test and Training Range on May 12, reported Senior Airman Zachary Rufus from the 57th Wing Public Affairs Office. Credit: Senior Airman Zachary Rufus

Warfighters demonstrate unique on-the-move command and control capabilities.

Senior NCOs Defend Distinctive Info Ops Approaches

May 11, 2022
By George I. Seffers
There is no one-size-fits-all approach to information warfare. Daniel Wussow/Shutterstock

The Marines have a concept for information maneuver, the Army is developing an information advantage strategy, and the Air Force and Navy both prefer the term information warfare.

Army Mastering Fusion of Cyber and Electronic Warfare

May 11, 2022
By George I. Seffers
Lt. Gen. Maria Barrett, USA, commander, Army Cyber Command, addresses CERTS 2022.

Information operations remains to be fully integrated.

Corporate Ransomware Attack Ripples Toward Coast Guard

May 9, 2022
By George I. Seffers
Rear Adm. Michael Ryan, USCG, former commander, Coast Guard Cyber Command, participates in a panel at CERTS 2022. Photo by Michael Carpenter

An attack on a maritime company caused the U.S. Coast Guard to take extra precautions.

Space Force Rounds Out Delta 2’s Structure

May 4, 2022
By Kimberly Underwood
In late May or June, the U.S. Space Force’s Space Delta 2 is standing up another new squadron, the 15th Space Surveillance Squadron, which will uniquely conduct traditional space domain awareness operations at the Ground-Based Electro-Optical Deep Space Surveillance (GEODSS) system that sits at 10,000 feet atop Maui’s Mt. Haleakalā, as well as perform cutting-edge research and development. Photo courtesy of Bike Maui @bikingMaui

The addition of two new squadrons to the existing Delta will expand crucial space situational awareness capabilities for the military.

DISA to Release Data Strategy Soon, Needs Industry Help

April 28, 2022
By Kimberly Underwood
Michelle Lee, director, Threat Intelligence at Lumen Technologies (l) and Caroline Kuharske, acting chief data officer, Defense Information Systems Agency, converse during a sesison at AFCEA’s TechNet Cyber 2022. Photo by Michael Carpenter

The agency is developing policies for enhanced data management and identifying necessary technical capabilities to support agency operations.

DISA's Maps Stratus Program's Future

April 28, 2022
By George I. Seffers
Sharon Woods, director of DISA's Digital Hosting and Computing Center, shown during a panel discussion at TechNet Cyber 2022, also updated reporters on the status of Stratus, a hybrid, on-premise cloud computing program to replace milCloud 2.0 during a media roundtable at the event.  Photo by Michael Carpenter, Sharon Woods, director of DISA's Digital Hosting and Computing Center, shown during a panel discussion at TechNet Cyber 2022, also updated reporters on the status of Stratus, a hybrid, on-premise cloud computing program to replace milCloud 2.0 during a media roundtable at the event.  Photo by Michael Carpenter

DISA updates reporters on the Stratus cloud program status.

DISA To Industry: Innovate, Yes; But Don't Have Us Buy Unneeded Widgets

April 27, 2022
By Sandra Jontz
DISA officials discuss the agency’s priorities during a panel discussion at AFCEA’s TechNet Cyber 2022. Photo by Michael Carpenter

The agency seeks different types of solutions to meet technology priorities—new and improved but also compatible with current inventory.

The Army Aligns Its Strategic Cyber Posture for the Future Fight

April 27, 2022
By Kimberly Underwood
Raj G. Iyer, Army chief information officer, speaks to the audience at TechNet Cyber 2022 in Baltimore. Photo by Michael Carpenter

Clarity, for one thing, is needed regarding Title 40 and 44 cyber-related roles.

The Quantum Cryptography Conundrum

April 27, 2022
By Kimberly Underwood
The Department of Defense needs to begin to prepare now for future quantum-resistent cryptological algorithms that will need to be quickly upgraded into existing IT infrastructure to protect against adversarial decryption, warns Deepak Seth, DISA’s chief engineer, Emerging Technologies Directorate. Photo by Michael Carpenter

Time is of essence in preparing for quantum-resistant cryptography, leader says.

Advice for Chief Technology Officers

April 27, 2022
By Kimberly Underwood
Danielle Metz, chief information technology strategist, Office of the Secretary of Defense, U.S. Defense Department, speaks at AFCEA’s TechNet Cyber 2022. Photo by Michael Carpenter

Technology modernization can be a grueling affair, but it is a vital endeavor for continued cybersecurity and mission success.

Adversarial Artificial Intelligence Is Real

April 26, 2022
By George I. Seffers
Emerging leaders in industry discussed the trends influencing the future of artificial intelligence in the cyber realm during a panel discussion at AFCEA TechNet Cyber 2022 in Baltimore. Credit: Fit Ztudio/Shutterstock

A panel of AFCEA's Emerging Leaders discusses the future of artificial intelligence in cyber.

Data Ties Together the INDOPACOM Wish List

April 14, 2022
By Robert K. Ackerman
Maj. Gen. James B. Jarrard, USA, chief of staff of INDOPACOM, describes the command's requirements at TechNet Indo-Pacific. Credit: Tony Grillo photo

Wherever you look on INDOPACOM's wish list, you'll find data requirements.

Air Force Bets on Its Integrated Warfighting Network

April 14, 2022
By Robert K. Ackerman
Col. Peter “STIX” Chiou, USAF, chief of Integrated Warfighting Networks, Air Force Chief Architect Office, describes the new Integrated Warfighting Network at a briefing at TechNet Indo-Pacific. Credit: Tony Grillo photo

The Air Force is planning a network mega-architecture to serve networking needs.

Trust Is the Cornerstone to Building Indo-Pacific Alliances

April 14, 2022
By Robert K. Ackerman
Panelists (l-r) Cmdr. Kathryn McCabe, RAN, vice director for C4, INDOPACOM; Rear Adm. Brett R. Sonter, RAN, deputy director, Maritime Operations-Australia, U.S. Pacific Fleet; and Brig. Gen. Alan Lister, RM, J-5 deputy director for policy, INDOPACOM, discuss coalition operations at TechNet Indo-Pacific. Credit: Dave Livingston photo

Trusting allies is becoming vital in Indo-Pacific coalition operations.

DISA Faces the Indo-Pacific

April 13, 2022
By Robert K. Ackerman
Lt. Gen. Robert J. Skinner, USAF, DISA director, describes how the agency is meeting Indo-Pacific region challenges at TechNet Indo-Pacific. Credit: Dave Livingston photo

The challenges of the Indo-Pacific region are helping shape DISA’s transformation.

The Vast Indo-Pacific Ocean Region Needs an Army

April 13, 2022
By Robert K. Ackerman
Gen. Charles A. Flynn, USA, commanding general of U.S. Army Pacific, describes Army challenges in the vast region at TechNet Indo-Pacific. Credit: Tony Grillo photo

The U.S. Army Pacific tailors its force for an ocean-centric region.

Data Fuels Diverse Marine Operations

April 13, 2022
By Robert K. Ackerman
Brig. Gen. Joseph R. Clearfield, USMC, deputy commander, U.S. Marine Forces Pacific, gives the opening keynote on Day 2 of TechNet Indo-Pacific. Credit: Tony Grillo photo

The Marine warfighter may be a fully empowered sensor node.

Data Holds the Key to Force Superiority

April 12, 2022
By Robert K. Ackerman
Adm. Samuel J. Paparo, USN, commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, describes the solution to the ongoing threat to the international rules-based order at TechNet Indo-Pacific. Credit: Tony Grillo photo

Digital technologies will be the key to enabling decision superiority as the United States faces countries threatening the international rules-based order.

Russia’s War Also Impacts Arctic Forum

April 7, 2022
By Kimberly Underwood
U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Makenzi Austin, a marine science technician aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Healy (WAGB 20), stands on the deck waiting to pull in a scientific instrument during operations in Baffin Bay in October 2021. U.S.C.G. Cutter Healy’s crew annually deploys to the Arctic to conduct missions including icebreaking operations and support of oceanographic research by the science community. Global warming has extended the operational season of the Arctic. U.S. Coast Guard, The Arctic Council’s senior Arctic officials conduct meeting in November 2018 on the campus of the University of Lapland in Rovianiemi, Finland. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has halted the meetings. Credit: Creative Commons photo from the Arctic Council Secretariat/Linnea Nordström

Arctic nations are left out in the cold while the activity of governing bodies ceases.

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