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CHIPS Articles: Editor's Notebook, April-June 2010

Editor's Notebook, April-June 2010
By Sharon Anderson - April-June 2010
While pundits and blogs have been buzzing about the direction the Navy should take in cyber operations, the Chief of Naval Operations strategically realigned Navy missions and organizations to achieve information dominance. This issue explores the CNO's vision in a series of interviews with several of the Navy's top leaders in this emerging warfare domain.

Acting on the CNO's cyber mandates, the Navy is now positioned "at or near the front of the pack" to assist U.S. Cyber Command when it is established, said Vice Adm. Barry McCullough, commander of FLTCYBERCOM/10th Fleet.

There is an ongoing international cyber discussion as well. Adm. James Stavridis, Supreme Allied Commander Europe and commander for U.S. European Command, calls this domain the "Cyber Sea" — a largely complex and ungoverned environment that can be used for "strategic connection" for good but too often is used by "bad actors," ruthless predators and rogue nation-states for espionage and other malicious purposes. The admiral envisions global cooperation and agreed-upon rules and standards, similar to the Law of the Sea Treaty, to chart the course in navigating the Cyber Sea.

At the same time, Stavridis is an indefatigable social media user because of its power to reach out to many people, not only to inform them, but to bring them together to work on the issues facing the global community.

I hope this information dominance/cyber issue will spark debate and discussion with your colleagues and in the larger Defense Department community. The departments of the Navy and Defense must work collaboratively with public, private and international entities to secure cyberspace and America's cyber assets. In fact, national security leaders are counting on your ideas and help to preserve "America's digital infrastructure — the backbone that underpins a prosperous economy and a strong military and an open and efficient government," the president said in May 2009.

In February, the CHIPS staff participated in the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command booth at West 2010, cosponsored by AFCEA International and the U.S. Naval Institute. SPAWAR leadership and subject matter experts played a leading role in panel discussions throughout the West conference, as well as the DON Information Technology Conference, which was held at the same time and location as the West conference.

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FT. MEADE, Md. (Jan. 29, 2010) Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Gary Roughead salutes Vice Adm. Barry McCullough, commander of U.S. Fleet Cyber Command and U.S. 10th Fleet, at the commissioning ceremony for U.S. Fleet Cyber Command at Ft. George G. Meade, Md. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Tiffini Jones Vanderwyst.
FT. MEADE, Md. (Jan. 29, 2010) Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Gary Roughead salutes Vice Adm. Barry McCullough, commander of U.S. Fleet Cyber Command and U.S. 10th Fleet, at the commissioning ceremony for U.S. Fleet Cyber Command at Ft. George G. Meade, Md. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Tiffini Jones Vanderwyst.

SAN DIEGO (Feb. 4, 2010) Aerial view of the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command exhibit at West 2010, co-sponsored by AFCEA International and the U.S. Naval Institute. SPAWAR Commander Rear Adm. Michael C. Bachmann is speaking in the center of the SPAWAR exhibit. Bachmann was just one in a series of distinguished Team SPAWAR speakers who gave presentations at the SPAWAR exhibit. Photo courtesy of AFCEA International.
SAN DIEGO (Feb. 4, 2010) Aerial view of the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command exhibit at West 2010, co-sponsored by AFCEA International and the U.S. Naval Institute. SPAWAR Commander Rear Adm. Michael C. Bachmann is speaking in the center of the SPAWAR exhibit. Bachmann was just one in a series of distinguished Team SPAWAR speakers who gave presentations at the SPAWAR exhibit. Photo courtesy of AFCEA International.

SPAWAR Commander Rear Adm. Michael C. Bachmann speaking at the SPAWAR exhibit. Photo by Holly Quick/SPAWARSYSCEN Atlantic.
SPAWAR Commander Rear Adm. Michael C. Bachmann speaking at the SPAWAR exhibit. Photo by Holly Quick/SPAWARSYSCEN Atlantic.
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