Cyber Task Force Passes Mission to Cyber Command

Cyber Task Force Passes Mission to Cyber Command
Cyber Task Force Passes Mission to Cyber Command

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By Army Sgt. 1st Class Michael J. Carden
American Forces Press Service
Sept. 7, 2010

ARLINGTON, Va., -- After spending the better part of the past decade 
defending the Defense Department=E2=80=99s computer networks, the Joint Task 
Force Global Network Operations command cased its colors.

The task force was deactivated in a ceremony today here at the Defense 
Information Systems Agency. The task force=E2=80=99s operations and personnel 
now fall under U.S. Cyber Command at Fort Meade, Md.

Air Force Gen. Kevin P. Chilton, commander of U.S. Strategic Command, 
presided over the ceremony. Although the ceremony marked the end of the 
task force=E2=80=99s tenure, its mission continues, he said.

=E2=80=9CToday we=E2=80=99re rolling the flag at JTF-GNO, but we=E2=80=99re not rolling the 
mission,=E2=80=9D Chilton said. =E2=80=9CThis mission will continue on at U=2ES. Cyber 
Command and will be as essential tomorrow as it is today to the United 
States of America.=E2=80=9D

The task force was short-lived, but it was the product of 12 years of 
initiatives and foresight to develop the best ways to operate on the 
cyber battlefield. JTF Computer Network Defense was created in 1998 
under the U.S. Space Command.

That task force had a dual mission to conduct offensive and defensive 
cyber operations. It was reorganized to fall under Stratcom in 2003. By 
2004 the task force was redesignated as JTF Computer Network Operations 
to assume the offensive role. The JTF Global Network Operations also was 

The new task force=E2=80=99s mission was to direct the operation and defense of 
the global information grid throughout the full spectrum of war 
fighting, intelligence and business missions within the department.

Since its activation, JTF Global Network Operations has ensured support 
to Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, 
Operation Noble Eagle and the overall global war on terror.

Cybercom was activated in May. The JTF Computer Network Operations 
followed soon after. JTF Global Network Operations=E2=80=99 deactivation 
culminates years of work and effort to integrate Cybercom into its 
operations, Chilton said.

=E2=80=9CIt was clear that our missions needed to come together, and we=E2=80=99ve done 
that,=E2=80=9D the general said. =E2=80=9CThe transition began this year, and it=E2=80=99s going 
to continue today.=E2=80=9D

Chilton praised JTF Global Network=E2=80=99s final commander, Army Lt. Gen. 
Carroll F. Pollett, who he said changed the culture of network 
accountability within the department and got leaders involved in cyber 

=E2=80=9CThe command and control was not as tight as it needed to be to confront 
the threats of today,=E2=80=9D Chilton said. =E2=80=9C[Pollett] made our networks 
commanders=E2=80=99 business. You brought that focus to every service and DoD 

Pollett assumed command of JTF Global Network Operations and duties as 
director of the Defense Information Systems Agency in November 2008. He 
remains director of DISA.

JTF has played a significant role =E2=80=9Cin setting the conditions for the 
future=E2=80=9D of the department, cyberspace operations and the nation, Pollett 

As the JTF Global Network Operations colors are retired for the final 
time, Pollett said he=E2=80=99s reminded of the historical significance of the 
transition of the task force to Cybercom.

The information environment, he said, has evolved dramatically, and 
today the information grid is more than something that enhances 

=E2=80=9C[Information] has become an operational imperative in our ability to 
deliver decisive capabilities to warfighters and our national leaders,=E2=80=9D 
the general said. =E2=80=9CCyberspace has evolved into a new warfighter domain.

=E2=80=9C[Cyberspace has proven equal and just as important as air, sea, land 
and space as a domain,=E2=80=9D he continued. =E2=80=9CIt=E2=80=99s clear that it must be 
defended and operationalized.=E2=80=9D

Pollett praised the people under his command for their efforts, calling 
them =E2=80=9Cpioneers=E2=80=9D on the cyber domain front.

=E2=80=9CIt=E2=80=99s an honor to recognize the [JTF Global Network Operations] men and 
women, past and present, for their extraordinary accomplishments in 
working in the cyber domain,=E2=80=9D Pollett said. =E2=80=9CYou led the way for 
dramatic changes in the Department of Defense as the mission, 
requirements and threats evolved.=E2=80=9D

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