Experts gather for Cyber Operations Symposium

Experts gather for Cyber Operations Symposium
Experts gather for Cyber Operations Symposium 

By Capability Development Integration Directorate
Fort Leavenworth Lamp
November 5, 2009 

The Combined Arms Center Capability Development Integration Directorate 
hosted a Cyberspace Operations Symposium Oct. 27-30 at Fort Leavenworth.

More than 100 attendees from more than 25 organizations across Training 
and Doctrine Command and the greater community of interest actively 
participated in the symposium to further cyberspace operations 
capability development work. Working groups spent the first two days 
refining the Cyberspace Operations Concept Capability Plan.

"This document is really the first Army effort to standardize 
terminology and tie all the elements of cyberspace operations together," 
Thomas Jordan told the participants during his welcome to the group. 
"The Army's reliance on information sharing and cyberspace technologies 
echoes that of our nation and even the world - this event and your work 
here this week are critical steps in advancing our capabilities in 
cyberspace because it will pave the way for future analytical efforts."

The third day of the symposium was an executive session. In addition to 
reviewing the draft briefing that will present the final Cyber CCP to 
the Senior Oversight Group in early November, this venue provided an 
opportunity to share ideas.

Illustrating the importance of including all stakeholders in the 
collaboration on cyberspace operations, Col. Jeffrey Witsken, deputy 
director of CAC-CDID, said, "Operations in cyberspace cross boundaries. 
The traditional lines between military, commercial, academic and other 
communities are largely nonexistent in cyberspace. For example, the vast 
majority of advancements (in technology) are in the commercial sector, 
both nationally and internationally. What changes does this mean for the 
Army in how we go forward with cyberspace operations?"

Classified and unclassified briefings from a wide range of 
organizations, including U.S. Strategic Command, Space and Missile 
Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command, Joint Forces Command, the 
Cyber Innovation Center, U.S. Cyber Command, the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Air 
Force, the Communications-Electronics Research, Development, and 
Engineering Center, and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, 
facilitated discussion of the central ideas, framework, and concepts of 
Army Cyber Ops. Experimentation initiatives, joint concepts, and 
potential partnerships with academic and industry partners also provided 
opportunities for enthusiastic interchanges.


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