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Navy Cyber Power 2020 (NCP 2020)

navy-cyber-power-2020Navy Cyber Power 2020 identifies distinct qualities the Navy must possess to succeed, and introduces methods to build a relevant and extremely capable Navy Cyber warfighting force for the future. This strategy examines cyberspace operations from multiple vectors, and considers challenges and influencing factors beyond traditional operational aspects. The way we acquire systems, train cyber professionals, and choose technologies to meet our requirements directly impacts our ability to deliver credible capabilities to deter or contain conflict, and fight and win wars. Implementation and sustainment of this strategy will operationalize cyberspace with capabilities that span all warfighting domains and provide superior awareness and control when and where we need it. Executing this strategy will be hard work and will take a concerted effort at all echelons.

Navy Vision for Cyberspace Operations – The vision to achieve Navy Cyber Power 2020, is that Navy cyberspace operations provide Navy and Joint commanders with an operational advantage by:

  • Assuring access to cyberspace and confident Command and Control (C2)
  • Preventing strategic surprise in cyberspace
  • Delivering decisive cyber effects

The focus areas and their desired End-States of Navy Cyber Power 2020 are:

  • Integrated Operations -Fully integrate Navy cyberspace operations in support of achieving Joint Force objectives.
    1. Define Cyber Information Needs
    2. Evolve Doctrine and OPLANS
    3. Routinely Exercise and Assess
  • Optimized Cyber Workforce – Drive Navy and Joint cyberspace operations with an effectively recruited, trained, and positioned workforce.
    1. Provide an Adaptive Navy Force Model
    2. Change the Culture
    3. Strengthen Navy Cyber Knowledge
  • Technology Innovation – Leverage industry, academia, and Joint partners to rapidly update Navy cyberspace capabilities to stay ahead of the threat.
    1. Deliver Cyber Situational Awareness (SA)
    2. Lead Joint Cyber Modeling, Simulation, and Analysis
    3. Pilot New Technology
  • PPBE & Acquisition Reform – Enhance cyber budgeting and acquisition to meet the Navy’s cyber operational needs.
    1. Integrate Cyber Requirements
    2. Integrate Cyber funding Across Navy budget
    3. Advance Acquisition to pace Industry

The Secretary of Defense’s strategic guidance (DSG) highlights the critical role cyberspace operations play in the success of the Joint Force across all mission areas; the documents below focus on the Cyber Warfare aspect of the DSG. The Nation’s success in the maritime domain depends upon our ability to project power and prevail in cyberspace. Navy Cyber Power 2020 strategic initiatives provide the ways and means to achieve and sustain the Navy’s advantage in cyberspace.

We will issue a supporting roadmap detailing lead and support organizations for each strategic initiative and the major actions necessary to accomplish them. However, as cyberspace evolves the Navy’s leadership will periodically assess the strategy of Navy Cyber Power 2020, to ensure it effectively guides the Navy’s efforts to maintain an operational advantage in cyberspace. Furthermore, the Navy will institute a comprehensive set of strategic performance measures to track the Navy’s progress and ensure that our actions are having the desired effect. When necessary, we will adjust course to respond to, if not anticipate, change that continues apace. Our success in cyberspace requires an “all hands” effort, from the Pentagon to the deck plate.

Navy Cyber Power 2020 supports the Navy Strategy for Achieving Information Dominanceadditional related supporting documents include: the Navy Information Dominance Roadmap, 2013-2028; the Navy IDC Human Capital Strategy, 2012-2017; the Naval Intelligence Strategy, 2013-2020; and, the 2013 Navy Space Strategy. Within this integrated framework, the Navy begins in earnest the process of marshaling its resources, galvanizing the workforce, and aligning Navy’s Information Dominance capabilities to fully enable the Navy’s primary tenet of Warfighting First.

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With the focus on effects from Cyber War being “all the rage” these days this little gem from 1983 highlights one of the major inflection points where we had the opportunity to do something about the cyber vulnerabilities that have now grown exponentially while becoming exponentially more difficult and costly to correct.  The movie which demonstrates hacking and phreaking (and accidentally nearly starting Global Thermonuclear War) is a must see.  I’m not sure you can aspire to be A Cyber Fellow without owning WarGames (or at least having watched it several hundreds of times).  Right now you can pick up a copy on Blu-ray for $7.99.

For those striking to become a Cyber Warrior I definitely recommend checking out this flick and adding it to your list of movies with cyber warfare. Once you watch the movie I recommend enjoying the a few rounds of the game at the Global Thermonuclear War site.  Enjoy!

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There have been some hard sailors in the service of the United States Navy but I’ve got to hand it to Lieutenant John Cushing Aylwin.  Having unofficially served in the British Navy for about 6 years as a Mate he later ended up in the out-manned and outgunned USN aboard “Old Ironsides“, USS Constitution.  He served aboard galently in the defeat of HMS Guerriere on 19 August 1812.

USS Constitution then ran across HMS Java on 29 December 1812 and LT Aylwin was severely wounded in the action.  I find his thoughts, having faced several intense actions, extremely valuable:

“I have too often looked death in the face to be afraid of him now.” – Lieutenant John Cushing Aylwin, USS Constitution’s Sailing Master

Most individuals are not aware that it is the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812; much of why it was fought has uncanny similarity to the Law of the Sea issues arising today. This is just one example of the individuals we celebrate on the United States Holiday “Memorial Day”.

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