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Army chief of staff talks future of cyberspace operations

January 25, 2013

By Jennifer Downing

As cyberspace operations continues to emerge as the new frontier, the Chief of Staff of the Army met with key leaders from U.S. Army Cyber Command to discuss how cyber should be integrated from the tactical to the strategic level of combined arms operations, and recognize employees who continue to work building the command.

Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, chief of staff of the Army, visited the headquarters of U.S. Army Cyber Command at Fort Belvoir Jan. 22 and met with Lt. Gen. Rhett A. Hernandez, commander, U.S Army Cyber Command, and other senior leaders working to build cyber doctrine and those who protect cyber networks daily.

Strong training, leader development, and integration of training and exercises at all levels were prevalent topics of discussion. The chief said the work of Army Cyber is critical to the future of the Army and the way it fights. Army Cyber also plays a key role in the Army's ability to prevent, shape and win with a key mission of incorporating cyber operations into traditional land operations.

'We have to prevent conflict. We need creative and innovative use of cyber to prevent and shape conflicts,' said Odierno. 'When you train commanders and staff at all levels, increased understanding of land cyber develops.'

Utilizing the skill sets of those serving in the National Guard and Reserves is another way detailed to help meet the challenge of incorporating cyber across the board. By providing depth across the total force and building capabilities that fully integrate and organize our Reserve partners, the Army can seek skilled personnel and track them as cyber warriors.

The importance of continually linking with U.S. Cyber Command and other partners was also highlighted as an important method of further defining functions and roles.

'Continuing to work with USCC allows Army Cyber to operate effectively ... this is about doing what is best for the nation and Army in support of the nation's mission,' he said.
After discussions surrounding threat briefs, operational trends, the cyber proponent, requirements and land cyber vision, Odierno had an opportunity to personally thank Soldiers and civilians for their professionalism and dedication to mission support while serving with Army Cyber.

Receiving a Chief of Staff of the Army Coin for Excellence were: Capt. Mica Bushouse, G-34; Sgt. 1st Class Donald Corliss, G-33; Patrick Manners, Proponent Office; Jim Wasson, G-3/5/7; Lt. Col. Keithon Corpening, G-35; Sgt. Jacob Harding, 781st Military Intelligence Battalion; Phillip Barry, Network Enterprise Technology Command; Matt McCue, G-2X; Maj. John Dabolt, G-38; Staff Sgt. Sabrina Chillens, 1st Information Operations Command.

During the coin presentation Odierno described his gratitude to those who 'continue to develop an elite cyber force.'

'We are just getting started. We are on the verge of a significant high speed revolution. USCC, Army Cyber have all stood up in the last few years, but we are headed in the right direction.'
Hernandez said the hard work of the command not only allowed the critical missions, challenges and requirements to shine through, but also reiterated that cyber is about the people, not the technology.

'It is amazing all we have accomplished in this command and I am truly grateful for the selfless service each of you provides. The long hours and devotion to building this command are evident. While no words can express how much pride I have in this command, I will offer a simple thank you for who you are and all you do to make this command Second to None!'

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