Joint Staff readies cyber operations plan

Joint Staff readies cyber operations plan
Joint Staff readies cyber operations plan 

By Sebastian Sprenger
Sept. 7, 2007

Military officials are readying a new plan central to how U.S. forces 
will operate in cyberspace, according to the Joint Staffs vice director 
for command, control, communications and computer systems.

Air Force Brig. Gen. Michael Basla said officials in his directorate, 
dubbed J-6, are developing what he called an implementation plan to 
complement the classified National Military Strategy for Cyberspace 
Operations. Senior Defense Department leaders approved that document 
last December.

Work on the implementation plan, which likely also will be classified, 
is coordinated by members of a new cyber operations division in the J-6 
directorate, Basla said during a Sept. 5 luncheon in Arlington, Va. 
AFCEA sponsored the event.

Basla said the document will have implications for how the Pentagon buys 
and budgets for equipment and services required for cyberspace 
operations. The implementation plan also will include a common lexicon 
to standardize cyberspace terminology, he said.

Basla added that officials will introduce the plan to senior 
representatives from the services operations directorates -- a group 
known as the tank in Pentagon lingo -- this fall.

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