U.S. Fleet Cyber Command Strategic Plan 2015-2020
New warfighting platforms do not spring full-grown from their technical roots. They may appear initially as interesting oddities, such as the first submarines. They may even start as "enablers," such as aviation's early reconnaissance balloons. Eventually, though, in the hands of innovative operators they turn a corner to realize their full potential: they become formidable warfighting platforms, which must be vigorously defended, as well as employed to strike adversaries when needed. When a technology becomes a full-fledged warfighting platform, it does not abandon its initial purpose; instead it adopts a larger, more inclusive purpose. The military that grasps this turning point soonest is the one that seizes the advantage. The realm we call "cyberspace" is undergoing exactly such a transformation, something Navy's senior leadership recognized a while ago. Today our whole force is coming to understand these two truths: our mastery of cyberspace puts a hefty weapon in our hands; and our reliance on cyberspace places a weighty vulnerability in our path. Recent world events have underscored this two-edged quality of cyberspace. Our adversaries are flexing their muscles and have proven the vulnerability of our assets - governmental, commercial, academic, and military - posing serious risks to our nation's security and missions that we as a navy are executing around the globe every day. Because of these facts, this strategic plan emphasizes the warfighting aspects of this command - both offensive and defensive - while still recognizing the significant ways in which other warfighters rely on our effectiveness in the confluence of cyberspace, the electromagnetic spectrum, and space. Our successes in this domain will require smart, dedicated leaders - and a workforce no less smart and dedicated. Fortunately, we have both. Still, in the face of increasing competition for talent and increasing technical requirements, diligence and innovation will be required to maintain this edge. Likewise, success will require close, purposeful collaboration across multiple partners in the military, government, academia, industry, and other countries. This is something we are already doing - and we are looking forward to more of it. Our work is clearly cut out for us - but there was never a better cause, nor better reason for optimism. This young command already has a history of grit, smarts, and ability. On this five-year anniversary of our command, we commit to this plan, and to our Navy's and Nation's success.
- Paperback | 26 pages
- 215.9 x 279.4 x 1.78mm | 117.93g
- 02 Jun 2015
- Illustrations, color