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Air Force Says Offensive Cyber Still in Infancy

Air Force Says Offensive Cyber Still in Infancy
March 13, 2017 | Source: C4ISRNet, c4isrnet.com, 17 February 2017, Mark Pomerleau

Within the multi-domain environment the military is moving toward, the barriers between the domains of warfare should be broken and integrated in a seamless fashion. However, according to an Air Force official, offensive cyber operations from the perceptive of organic service capabilities are still nascent outside of Cyber Command and the National Security Agency. Offensive cyber operations are wholly Cyber Command’s domain right now, Brig. Gen. Kevin Kennedy, director, Cyberspace Operations and Warfighting Integration, said during an AFCEA DC event Feb. 16. ‘As we look forward the capability doesn’t exist with the services.’ One of the design constructs in the creation of Cyber Command was that it would act as an integrator and coordinator of cyber activities, namely offensive cyber activities, as to properly deconflict operations and prevent individual services from tripping over each other in cyberspace.

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