Times have changed.
War was once a process of who can kill the most people and destroy the largest amount of property.
Those were the primary means to measure who was winning any war.
While killing and destroying are still used in war, there is a new battlefield in warfare.
That field is cyberspace.
Who can “hack” the cyber infrastructure of the enemy?
Who can throw their economy into chaos?
It is believed that whoever controls cyberspace will control the world.
And, I tend to agree.
As someone whose income is derived from working through cyber means, I know that disruptions in service can disrupt my income and harm my client base.
While I am a small fish in a large ocean, I wonder just how much damage would happen if an enemy hacker were to secretly intrude into the Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, the FBI, CIA or any other highly classified data bases?
In today’s post, I am going to give you 13 cool facts about the U.S. Army Cyber Command (USARCYBER).
Scroll down and learn about this new type of warfare and what the U.S. Army is doing about it.
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1: When USARCYBER Began
In 2009, the U.S. Army realized that cyber issues were a major priority.
Originally the Army Space and Missile Command and Army Forces Strategic Command took the cyber helm.
On October 1st of 2010, Army Cyber Command was established.
The headquarters for the U.S. Army Cyber Command (USARCYBER) are located at Fort Gordon, Georgia.
3: 2nd Army
The U.S. Army Cyber Command (USARCYBER) is directly linked with the Second U.S. Army.
As a matter of fact, the Commander of USARCYBER is also the Commander of the 2nd Army.
4: 1st Commander
The first Commander of the U.S. Army Cyber Command (USARCYBER) was Lieutenant General Rhett Hernandez.
Now retired, Lt. General Hernandez helped build a great command program with USARCYBER.
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Taken directly from the U.S. Army Cyber Command’s website, their mission is:
United States Army Cyber Command and Second Army directs and conducts integrated electronic warfare, information and cyberspace operations as authorized, or directed, to ensure freedom of action in and through cyberspace and the information environment, and to deny the same to our adversaries.
The U.S. Army Cyber Command directly supports the United States Cyber Command which is a Department of Defense Command and subordinate of the United States Strategic Command and is Commanded by Admiral Michael Rogers, and is headquartered in Fort Meade, Maryland.
7: Works Jointly With
The U.S. Army Cyber Command works jointly with:
The Navy Fleet Cyber Command – 10th Fleet
The Air Forces Cyber – 24th Air Force
The Marine Corps Cyberspace Command
8: Subordinate Units
These are the units that are under the USARCYBER Command:
For any cyber related occurrences or actions, Army Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM) is under operational control of USARCYBER.
1st Information Operations Command (Land) with their 1st and 2nd Battalions.
780th Military Intelligence Brigade (Cyber)
9: Military Occupational Specialties Under USARCYBER
At this point, these MOS’s are under the U.S. Army Cyber Command:
17A – Cyber Warfare Officer
170A – Cyber Operations Technician
17C – Cyber Warfare Specialists
35Q – Cryptologic Network Warfare Specialist
10: Civilian Cyber Jobs
These are just a few of the civilian positions open in the cyber operations of either USARCYBER or USCYBERCOM:
Electronics Engineer – The location is Seoul, Korea.
- Lead Interdisciplinary Engineer – This is a traveling position.
- Information Technology Specialist –
There are many others too.
11: Cyber Security Awareness Month
As I mentioned earlier, many of us rely on the internet to make our living.
October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month.
The Department of Homeland Security works with all military Cyber Commands and has several weekly themes to help all of us be more safe and aware of the dangers in cyber land.
Be sure and visit this link to learn more.
These are the current leaders of USARCYBER:
Commanding General: Lieutenant General Edward Cardon
Deputy to the Commanding General: Ronald Pontius
Deputy Commander For Operations: Brigadier General Patricia Frost
Command Sergeant Major: CSM William Bruns
13: Cyber Quotes
To help you understand just how important cyber operations are within our military, here are quotes by those in power:
“The challenges [in cyberspace] are so broad…it is going to take a true partnership between the private sector, the government and academia to address them.” Admiral Michael Rogers, Commander of U.S. Cyber Command and Director of the NSA
“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.” Secretary of Defense Ash Carter
“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
It is evident that we must stay ahead of the cyber race.
Enemies could harm our whole system terribly if they were able to shut down or demean our cyber systems.
What do you think about this subject?
Feel free to leave your comments or questions below.
Also, if you have worked with or still work with Army Cyber Command, we would love to hear from you.