The US Army continues to develop its defensive - and offensive - cyber, electronic capabilities

The U.S. Army continues to develop its Integrated Cyber and Electronic Warfare (ICE) program, increasing the U.S. government’s ability to be prepared for cyber and electronic warfare.

Specifically, there is growing concern related to both cyber attacks and electronic warfare mechanisms, including detonating radio-controlled improvised explosive devices (IEDs) – and other combat threats that cause real-world casualties on the battlefield.

As convergence is expected to continue, and the US government trying to play catch up in the cyber battlefield, Army officials want to develop a proactive approach that will allow them to remain prepared for evolving cyber threats.

Here is what Giorgio Bertoli, CERDEC I2WD’s Cyber/Offensive Operations Division senior engineer said in a press release:

“This blending of networks and systems, known as convergence, will continue and with it come significant implications as to how the Army must fight in the cyber environment of today and tomorrow. The concept of technology convergence originated as a means to describe the amalgamation of traditional wired versus wireless commercial services and applications, but has recently evolved to also include global technology trends and U.S. Army operation connotations – specifically in the context of converging cyber and EW operations.”

The Army Cyber Command will be tasked with monitoring the Army network and helping with cyber protection to limit the threat of cyber attacks.  More than 20,000 Army personnel and civilians will be tasked with conducting network operations to better protect Army networks, and will have the ability to conduct a “full spectrum” of operations along with go on the cyber offensive, when needed.  

Much like other military and government efforts, operational bureaucracy can make it difficult to be prepared for changing threats – and developing multi-capability systems will remain an important goal moving forward.

This isn’t the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) hijacking the New York Times and Twitter; instead, it’s a serious concern that the US military and governments in Western Europe are taking seriously. The US military is recruiting for cyber warfare skills – boosting US cyber defense and offensive capabilities – opening the door for military personnel and civilians.

There is a frantic realization by US lawmakers that cyber threats from rogue hackers and organized criminal groups pose significant threat to the country’s infrastructure.

Sources: U.S. Army Cyber Command, Army Times, U.S. Army

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