U.S. Cyber Command

September 1, 2020
By Shaun Waterman
As part of the nine-day Cyber Guard exercise, participants work through a training scenario. Credit: Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Jesse A. Hyatt, USN

Second of a two-part report.

The Cyber Solarium Commission, a congressionally chartered panel of expert policymakers, was created to tackle cyber conflict in the same way its Truman-era predecessor addressed the Cold War confrontation between the United States and the Soviet Union. An article in SIGNAL Magazine’s August issue (“Leaders Seek a Grand Strategy for Cybersecurity") explored the commission’s theory of deterrence by denial and how it embraced the concept of resilience.

August 17, 2020
 

Maj. Gen. David T. Isaacson, USA, has been assigned as chief of staff, U.S. Cyber Command, Fort Meade, Maryland.

September 5, 2019
 

Brig. Gen. William Hartman, USA, has been assigned as commander at the Cyber National Mission Force, U.S. Cyber Command, Fort Meade, Maryland.

August 20, 2019
By Beverly M. Cooper
Lt. Gen. Stephen Fogarty, USA, commanding general, U.S. Army Cyber Command, sketches a graphic to detail his talk during AFCEA TechNet Augusta. Photo by Michael Carpenter

Today’s military operates in a congested and contested cyber environment, and to have the advantage over its adversaries, the military must be able to integrate a variety of cyber-connected elements. Keeping the advantage depends on the ability to balance the level of precision required, to operate with speed, to accept nonconventional means and to tolerate less-than-perfect solutions. In an environment just short of war, there is no place for bureaucracy.

May 21, 2019
 

Brig. Gen. John C. Ulrich, USA, has been assigned as director, Capability and Resource Integration, J-8, U.S. Cyber Command, Fort Meade, Maryland.

May 16, 2019
By George I. Seffers
Panelists at TechNet Cyber discuss the cyber workforce and the need for continuous education. Phoot by Michael Carpenter

Personnel working in cyber must continually look for opportunities to learn, say cyber professionals from across government.

During a morning panel discussion on the final day of the AFCEA TechNet Cyber conference in Baltimore, high-ranking officials from the Defense Department, Department of Homeland Security and National Security Agency discussed a wide range of issues concerning the cyber workforce today and tomorrow.

January 7, 2019
 

Col. Douglas S. Coppinger, USAF, has been selected to the grade of brigadier general and assigned as director of intelligence, J-2, U.S. Cyber Command, Fort George G. Meade, Maryland.

December 17, 2018
 

Brig. Gen. Timothy D. Haugh, USAF, has been assigned as commander, Cyber National Mission Force, U.S. Cyber Command, Fort George G. Meade, Maryland.

December 13, 2018
 

Maj. Gen. Robert J. Skinner, USAF, has been assigned as commander, 24th Air Force, Air Force Space Command and Commander, Air Forces Cyber, United States Cyber Command, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas.

November 6, 2018
 

Rear Adm. William W. Wheeler III, USN, will be assigned as director, plans and policy, J-5, U.S. Cyber Command, Fort Meade, Maryland.

August 21, 2018
By George I. Seffers
Lt. Gen. Stephen Fogarty, USA, commanding general, U.S. Cyber Command, speaks at AFCEA’s TechNet Augusta conference. Photo by Michael Carpenter

Lt. Gen. Stephen Fogarty, USA, commander of U.S. Army Cyber Command, suggests the command could get a new name and says he would recommend the same for the U.S. Cyber Command.When the Army command was first established in 2010, Cyber Command was the appropriate name, but that is not longer the case, he asserted. “I think we’re well past that now. We’re at the point where, in the future, it’s going to change to something like this: Army Information Warfare Operations Command or Army Information Warfare Dominance Command.”

July 25, 2018
 

Capt. Craig A. Clapperton, USN, has been selected for promotion to rear admiral amd will be assigned as deputy director, future operations, J-3F, U.S. Cyber Command, Fort Meade, Maryland.

November 16, 2017
 

Rear Adm. Ross A. Myers, USN, will be assigned as director, plans and policy, J-5, U.S. Cyber Command, Fort Meade, Maryland.

October 23, 2017
 

Brig. Gen. Jennifer G. Buckner, USA, has been assigned as deputy commander, Joint Task Force-ARES, U.S. Cyber Command, Fort Meade, Maryland.

October 17, 2017
 

Lt. Gen. Vincent R. Stewart, USMC, has been nominated for assignment as deputy commander, U.S. Cyber Command.

August 18, 2017
By George I. Seffers
Active-duty, Reserve and National Guard service members participate in exercises sponsored by U.S. Cyber Command. On Friday, President Donald Trump elevated the command to a unified combatant command. Photo: Chief Petty Officer Dennis J. Herring, USN

After months of uncertainty, President Donald Trump announced today that he has elevated the U.S. Cyber Command to a unified combatant command. In addition, Cyber Command ultimately may be separated from the National Security Agency (NSA).

“This new unified combatant command will strengthen our cyberspace operations and create more opportunities to improve our nation’s defense,” Trump said. “The elevation of United States Cyber Command demonstrates our increased resolve against cyberspace threats and will help reassure our allies and partners and deter our adversaries.”

July 27, 2017
 

Brig. Gen. Karl H. Gingrich, USA, has been assigned as director, capability and resource integration, J-8, U.S. Cyber Command, Fort Meade, Maryland. 

September 13, 2016
 

Maj. Gen. Stephen G. Fogarty, USA, has been assigned as chief of staff, U.S. Cyber Command, Fort Meade, Maryland.

August 17, 2016
 

Col. Timothy D. Haugh, USAF, has been selected for the grade of brigadier general and assigned as deputy commander, Joint Task Force ARES, U.S. Cyber Command, Fort George G. Meade, Maryland.

July 28, 2016
 

Maj. Gen. George J. Franz III, USA, has been assigned as director of operations, J-3, U.S. Cyber Command, Fort Meade, Maryland.

July 25, 2016,
 

Rear Adm. Kevin J. Kovacich, USN, will be assigned as director, plans and policy, J-5, U.S. Cyber Command, Fort Meade, Maryland.

April 22, 2016
By Robert K. Ackerman

Efforts to counter adversaries in cyberspace jointly continue apace in the U.S. military, but the changing nature of enemy activities may require new approaches by the services. Baseline cyber activities may need to be increased, while some actions will need to remain the purview of individual services.

A panel of cyber officials discussed the ramifications of such changes on the final day of the AFCEA Defensive Cyber Operations Symposium (DCOS) 2016, held April 20-22 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

October 13, 2015
 

Col. Maria B. Barrett, USA, has been assigned as deputy commander, operations, Cyber National Mission Force, U.S. Cyber Command, Fort Meade, Maryland.

July 31, 2015
 

Capt. Danelle M. Barrett, USN, has been selected for the rank of rear admiral and will be assigned as deputy director, operations, J-3, U.S. Cyber Command, Fort Meade, Maryland. 

June 29, 2015
 

Brig. Gen. Kenneth D. Hubbard, USA, has been assigned as director, capability and resource integration, J-8, U.S. Cyber Command, Fort Meade, Maryland.

June 29, 2015
 

Maj. Gen. Joseph A. Brendler, USA, has been assigned as chief of staff, U.S. Cyber Command, Fort Meade, Maryland.

January 13, 2015
 

Sgt. Maj. David C. Redmond, USA, has been assigned as the command senior enlisted leader for United States Cyber Command and senior enlisted adviser for the National Security Agency/Central Security Service, Fort George G. Meade, Maryland.

September 4, 2014
 

Maj. Gen. James K. McLaughlin, USAF, has been appointed to the rank of lieutenant general and assigned as deputy commander, U.S. Cyber Command, Fort Meade, Maryland.

June 19, 2014
 

Brig. Gen. Paul M. Nakasone, USA, has been assigned as commander, Cyber National Mission Force, U.S. Cyber Command, Fort George G. Meade, Maryland.

 

Rear Adm. Michael M. Gilday, USN, will be assigned as director, operations, J-3, U.S. Cyber Command, Fort George G. Meade, Maryland.

 

Vice Adm. Michael S. Rogers, USN, has been nominated as commander of U.S. Cyber Command, director of the National Security Agency and chief of the Central Security Service, Fort Meade, Maryland.

 

Maj. Gen. Gregg C. Potter, USA, has been assigned as director of plans and policy, J-5, U.S. Cyber Command, Fort George G. Meade, Maryland.

January 31, 2013
By Robert K. Ackerman

The task of protecting U.S. military cyber assets is increasing in complexity as new capabilities come to dominate communications and networking. Planners must implement security measures that do not hinder the new technologies introduced to the force.

That challenge was in a cyber fireside chat that opened the final day of AFCEA/USNI West 2013 in San Diego. Robert J. Carey, deputy chief information officer for the U.S. Defense Department, noted that one key tasking is to protect the mobile devices that now are proliferating in the force.

January 31, 2013
By Robert K. Ackerman

The U.S. Cyber Command force is likely to increase to 14,000 people over the next few years as the command trains experts and disperses them where they will be needed, according to its deputy commander. Lt. Gen. Jon M. Davis, USMC, told the audience at a morning fireside chat beginning the last day of AFCEA/USNI West 2013 that the command already has an assigned force of 6,000 as it ramps up to carry out its dynamic mission.

Most of these Cyber Command personnel are being trained to serve in the field—in this case, various military settings. The command is building teams for combatant commanders who will have operational control over these cyber experts.

June 15, 2012
By Beverly Schaeffer

Maj. Gen. Jennifer L. Napper, USA, has been assigned director of Plans and Policy/J-5, U.S. Cyber Command, Fort Meade, Maryland.

June 6, 2012
By Beverly Schaeffer

Col. Ronald L. Huntley, USAF, has been selected for the rank of brigadier general and assignment as deputy director, plans and policy, Headquarters U.S. Cyber Command, Fort Meade, Maryland.

May 2, 2012
By Beverly Schaeffer

Maj. Gen. Brett T. Williams, USAF, has been assigned director, operations, J-3, Headquarters U.S. Cyber Command, Fort Meade, Maryland.

December 6, 2011
By Henry Kenyon

Brig. Gen. George J. Franz III, USA, has been assigned director, current operations, J-33, U.S. Cyber Command, Fort Meade, Maryland.

October 12, 2011
By Beverly Schaeffer

Brig. Gen. Linda R. Medler, USAF, has been assigned director of command, control, communications and computer systems (J-6), U.S. Cyber Command, Fort Meade, Maryland.  

July 8, 2011
By Beverly Schaeffer

Rear Adm. Sean R. Filipowski, USN, has been assigned deputy director of operations, J-3, U.S. Cyber Command, Fort Meade, Maryland.

July 6, 2011
By Henry Kenyon

Rear Adm. Samuel J. Cox, USN, has been assigned director of intelligence, J-2, U.S. Cyber Command, Fort Meade, Maryland.

February 14, 2011
By Henry Kenyon

The Defense Department's FY 2012 budget proposal features $2.3 billion for improved cyber capabilities, according to figures released this afternoon. Key elements of that funding include $0.5 billion for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to invest in cyber technologies. Funding also will be provided to the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) for cyber identity, monitoring and enforcement.

The budget will increase funding for training cyber analysts, for improving Global Information Grid (GIG)-wide situational awareness, for developing pilot programs for supply chain risk management and for improving intrusion detection and analysis.

October 6, 2010
By H. Mosher

This month, Linton Wells II drew his inspiration for Mission Assurance Moves to the Fore in Cyberspace from Deputy Secretary of Defense William J. Lynn III's recently published article, Defending a New Domain: The Pentagon's Cyberstrategy. Wells summarizes Lynn's strategy points, noting that taken on a whole they have a broader implication than just cyberdefense. It has more to do with mission assurance, he says:

July 8, 2010
By Rachel Eisenhower
U.S. Cyber Command Logo

U.S. Cyber Command Logo

UPDATE: According to Wired.com, a Danger Room blog reader jemelehill cracked the code this afternoon. It's USCYBERCOM's mission statement translated into 32 characters with an MD5 cryptographic hash.

The new U.S. Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM) logo is getting a lot of attention and not just because of its design. A golden ring around the edge features a 32-character code:

June 14, 2010
By Beverly Schaeffer

Lt. Gen. Keith B. Alexander, USA, director, National Security Agency and chief, Central Security Service, has been promoted to the rank of general and given additional assignment as commander of the new U.S. Cyber Command.