Cybercom Cites Priorities Key to First-Year Success

By C. Todd Lopez

WASHINGTON (May 14, 2019) -- With a year under its belt as a full and independent unified combatant command, U.S. Cyber Command is reflecting on lessons it has learned so far and their effect on the way ahead.

Air Force Maj. Gen. Charles Moore Jr., Cybercom's director of operations, spelled out several areas on which the command has focused:

1 Persistent engagement, which means being fully engaged with adversaries in the cyber domain all the time.

"We recognize and understand the importance of being in constant contact with the enemy in this space, especially below the level of armed conflict, so we can defend ourselves and impose cost," Moore said.

2 Readiness

Moore said the command at one point was focusing on building up cyber teams by manning and equipping them, but that work is now largely over. "We've changed the readiness question from just building the teams to now 'How do you work with the services, who, of course, organize, train and equip our warfighting command ... to standardize what they are presenting in terms of people, in terms of how they are trained, in terms of the equipment they are presented to us with, so that we can sustain the readiness over the long term?'" Moore said.

3 Partnerships

"There's probably not a greater team sport than cyberspace operations out there," Moore said. "We recognize we can't be successful in executing our mission against any of our adversaries if we are not working very closely with our interagency partners, with our friends and allies around the globe, with industry and academia, etc."

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