• Maj. Gen. John B. Morrison Jr. (l), commander, Cyber Center of Excellence and Fort Gordon, speaks at TechNet Augusta 2017.
     Maj. Gen. John B. Morrison Jr. (l), commander, Cyber Center of Excellence and Fort Gordon, speaks at TechNet Augusta 2017.

U.S. Army Conducts Cyber Integration Projects

The Cyber Edge
August 8, 2017
By George I. Seffers
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At least two pilot projects attempt to define cyber electromagnetic magnetic activities.

Army officials have multiple pilot projects in the works to help define formations that will integrate cyber electromagnetic activities (CEMA).

According to Maj. Gen. John B. Morrison, Jr., USA, commander, Cyber Center of Excellence and Fort Gordon, the Army has initiated one pilot project with the Army Pacific Command and is seeking to begin another within the continental United States to better define formations that will integrate cyber, electronic warfare, signal and intelligence capabilities.

“We’ve got an effort on board to where we will actually stand up a CEMA section inside each one of our operational formations where we bring the various [elements] together so they can collaborate and operate in an integrated fashion,” Gen. Morrison said during remarks at AFCEA's TechNet Augusta conference in Augusta, Georgia. “In cyberspace … it’s all got to be wrapped together with the right intelligence underpinnings. If you don’t have intelligence in cyberspace, you’re not effective. It’s that simple.”

The change is being driven in part by the service’s new doctrine covering cyberspace and electronic warfare operations. “We’ve got to come up with an integrated formation that’s actually going to start executing CEMA,” the general stated.

He stressed the importance of having integrated capabilities within each unit instead of a “signal company over here, a [military intelligence] company over here and an electronic warfare company over there.” An integrated formation, he said, will “bring it together and really start getting after the tenets of multidomain battle in a fused, synchronized and integrated fashion.”  

The purpose, he indicated, is “learn by doing.” The service will figure out what the force structure needs to look like, what capabilities are needed and how to reach back to cyber elements in distant locations, such as Fort Gordon and Fort Meade. The Army, the general added, simply cannot afford to place cyber elements within each operational formation.

“If you buy into CEMA, this is all about integrating and everybody bringing core competencies to the table to support one person—the maneuver commander,” Gen. Morrison said.

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