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The purpose of this strategy is to guide the development of DoD's cyber forces and strengthen our cyber defense and cyber deterrence posture. It focuses on building cyber capabilities and organizations for DoD's three primary cyber missions.

DoD's Three Primary Cyber Missions:

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    Defend DoD networks, systems, and information

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    Defend the U.S. homeland and U.S. national interests against cyberattacks of significant consequence

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    Provide cyber support to military operational and contingency plans

Cyber Mission Force: 133 teams by 2018

State and non-state actors threaten disruptive and destructive attacks against the United States and conduct cyber-enabled theft of intellectual property to undercut the United States' technological and military advantage. DoD must develop its cyber forces and strengthen its cyber defense and cyber deterrence posture.
  • National Mission Teams 13 teams

    Defend the United States and its interests against cyberattacks of significant consequence.

  • Cyber Protection Teams 68 teams

    Defend priority DoD networks and systems against priority threats.

  • Combat Mission Teams 27 teams

    Provide support to Combatant Commands by generating integrated cyberspace effects in support of operational plans and contingency operations.

  • Support Teams 25 teams

    Provide analytic and planning support to the National Mission and Combat Mission teams.

National Guard Cyber Capability Grows Nationwide

National Guardsmen are ramping up their role in the nation's escalating cybersecurity fight, according to the chief of the National Guard Bureau. Story

Rogers: NSA, Cybercom Need Partners to Aid Cybersecurity

The commander of U.S. Cyber Command and director of NSA engaged an audience on topics such as war, crime and security in cyberspace during a forum. Story

Transcom Nominee Pledges to Address Cyber Domain Concerns

Air Force Gen. Darren W. McDew, the president's nominee to be the next commander of U.S. Transportation Command, told a Senate panel that he will emphasize operations to make the cyber domain safer if he’s confirmed. Story

U.S., Allied Cyber Defenders Discuss Interoperability at Cyber Summit 2015

More than 140 cyber, communications and intelligence professionals from across Europe and as far away as Hawaii gathered in Wiesbaden for the Cyber Summit 2015, July 27-29. Story

New Army Cyber Officers Hack Improvements Into DARPA's 'Plan X'

"Do you have a map in your car? When was the last time you looked at a compass? Imagine a day when we don't have that technology such as the Global Positioning System, better known as GPS. These are the things we worry about," Capt. James McColl said. Story

Cyber Guard Exercise Points to Need for Persistent Training

It's an axiom in the military that "you train like you fight." Another is "the battlefield is a bad place to meet an enemy for the first time." Story

Military, Federal, Private-Sector Partners Key to Cyber Guard 15

Cyberspace and critical infrastructure operators and experts from more than 100 organizations spanning government, academia, industry and the international coalition participated in the fourth annual Cyber Guard exercise. Story
Fact Sheet: Exercise Cyber Guard 15

Winnefeld: DoD Must Strengthen Public, Private Ties

The military has two jobs for America: to fight today’s wars and to prepare to fight the wars of the future, the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said. Story

Carter Unveils New DoD Cyber Strategy in Silicon Valley

Defense Secretary Ash Carter unveiled the Defense Department's second cyber strategy to guide the development of DoD's cyber forces and to strengthen its cyber defenses and its posture on cyber deterrence. Story

Carter Seeks Tech-sector Partnerships for Innovation

Defense Secretary Ash Carter unveiled DoD's cyber strategy and announced new partnership initiatives on the first day of a visit to California’s Silicon Valley to learn from experts who run some of the highest-tech companies in one of the nation’s innovation hotspots. Story

Carter Visits Silicon Valley Companies to Enhance DoD Technology Innovation

Defense Secretary Ash Carter yesterday wrapped up a two-day trip to California’s Silicon Valley, where he focused on renewing the longstanding relationship between the Defense Department and the wellspring of technology innovation found in that part of the nation. Story

Secretary's Silicon Valley Trip to Boost Defense Department Innovation

Defense Secretary Ash Carter heads to Silicon Valley to announce new initiatives, including a new cyber strategy, and to learn from experts who run some of the highest-tech companies in one of the nation's innovation hotspots. Story

New DoD Cyber Strategy Nears Release

The Defense Department will release a new cyber strategy next week to guide the way ahead for cyber in the foreseeable future, a senior Pentagon official told Congress. Story

Cybercom Chief Discusses Importance of Cyber Operations

Cyber is an operational domain, and military leaders are going to have to understand its importance and the opportunities and challenges of operating in the domain, Navy Adm. Michael S. Rogers said. Story

Commercial IT Fuels DoD Information Environment, Official Says

Defense Department Chief Information Officer Terry Halvorsen is leading a charge to modernize the department's information technology-cyber enterprise using every available tool, especially those in commercial markets, a defense official in the CIO's office said. Story

Carter: Cyber Domain Presents Profound Challenges

Defense Secretary Ash Carter said the mission of Cybercom is vital to the economic and physical security of the nation and to individuals, during his first domestic troop talk as secretary to cyber warriors assigned to U.S. Cyber Command. Story

Cybercom Chief: Cyber Threats Blur Roles, Relationships

Over five years of U.S. Cyber Command operations, global movement of threat activity through cyberspace has blurred roles and relationships among government agencies, as well as between the public and private sectors and the real and virtual worlds, the Cybercom commander told a House panel. Story

Rogers Discusses Cyber Operations, ISIL, Deterrence

Navy Adm. Michael S. Rogers, commander of U.S. Cyber Command, recently discussed a range of topics from cyber defense and offense to cyber deterrence and finding the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant on the dark Web. Story

Information Officer Details Technology Priorities

Acting Defense Department Chief Information Officer Terry Halvorsen discussed the joint information environment, the cloud, detailed technology investments and the threat of sequestration in testimony before a House panel. Story


Speeches and Remarks

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"America's economic prosperity, national security, and our individual liberties depend on our commitment to securing cyberspace and maintaining an open, interoperable, secure, and reliable Internet."

President Barack Obama
Feb. 13, 2015
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"We're the ones who stand with those who create and innovate against those who would steal and destroy. That's the kind of country we are, and that's the kind of cyber force we are."

Defense Secretary Ash Carter
March 13, 2015
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"The challenges [in cyberspace] are so is going to take a true partnership between the private sector, the government and academia to address [them]."

Navy Adm. Michael S. Rogers, commander, U.S. Cyber Command and NSA Director
Nov. 20, 2014
Full Testimony

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Service Members, Civilians Participate in Cyber Guard 2015 Exercise

Service Members, Civilians Participate in Cyber Guard 2015 Exercise

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