Framing the problem
The operational environment (OE) has changed dramatically. The technologic convergence of computer and telecommunication networks; astonishing rates of technologic advancements; global proliferation of information and communications technology (ICT) and its consequent effect in social networks and in society impact the OE. The diverse and wide arrays of agents who use or exploit this technological revolution pose a grave threat to U.S. critical infrastructure and operational missions. These agents range from traditional nation-states to noncombatants, transnational corporations, criminal organizations, terrorists, hacker unions, mischievous hackers, and the unwitting individual who intends no malice. Collectively, they combine to create a condition of perpetual turbulence without traditional end states or resolution. Unless otherwise noted in this document, the terms "adversary" and "adversaries" are used in this broad context.
Framing the solution
Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) Pamphlet (Pam) 525-7-8, The U.S. Army Concept Capability Plan for Cyberspace Operation (CyberOps) 2016-2028, takes a comprehensive look at how the Army’s future force in 2016-2028 will leverage cyberspace and CyberOps. This pamphlet includes a conceptual framework for integrating CyberOps into FSO, thereby providing the basis for follow-on doctrine development efforts. This conceptual framework outlines how commanders integrate CyberOps to gain advantage, protect that advantage, and place adversaries at a disadvantage. This pamphlet also establishes a common lexicon for Army CyberOps, and describes the relationship between cyberspace, the other four domains (air, land, maritime, and space), and the EMS. Lastly, it explains how converging technologies will increasingly affect FSO and influence capability development, thereby enabling the Army to influence the design, development, acquisition, and employment of fully integrated cyber capabilities.
Jeffery Carr @ IntelFusion said the following about the new plan document...
The US Army’s new Cyberspace Operations Concept Capability Plan 2016-2028 is an outstanding piece of work; not just because it underscores much of what I’ve been saying since 2008, but because it builds a detailed framework of cyberspace as an operating environment which will prove invaluable to every agency in the Intelligence Community and the Department of Defense as well as Congress, the White House and the American public.