U.S. Fleet Cyber Command/U.S. 10th Fleet (FCC/C10F) celebrated its 9th anniversary during a ceremony held at its headquarters Jan. 25.
C10F was first created 76 years ago to overcome a new and significant challenge to American security that took the form of German U-boats. It was a command without missiles or ships, but it had a global responsibility to protect American forces and American trade. It was a command whose success depended less on manned and massed fire power than on intelligence and information. With no permanently assigned assets, 10th Fleet turned the tide in the Atlantic submarine war with audacity, vision, and partnerships and was disbanded in 1945 after the surrender of Germany.
In the same fashion that the historic C10F enabled the prosecution of the U-Boat threat and ensured access to the shipping lanes of the Atlantic, FCC and the modern C10F enables the prosecution of threats in cyber space and ensures the Navy and the Nation have freedom of movement in cyberspace.
“It’s about taking a lot of capacity and expertise that we don’t necessarily own or control across the fleet,” said Vice Adm. Timothy “T.J.” White, commander of FCC/C10F. “Back then, they didn’t have control of ships or guns, but they had the ability to take people, their intellect, innovation and critical thinking and contribute to solving a problem which was necessary during the global congregation against a submarine fleet in the North Atlantic. That’s reflective of what you all are doing today.”
The Navy commissioned Fleet Cyber Command and recommissioned 10th Fleet on Jan. 29, 2010, to confront a new challenge to our nation’s security. FCC/C10F has carried on the legacy of the former Naval Computer and Telecommunications Command, Naval Security Group and Naval Space Command that had rolled into Naval Network Warfare Command in unifying warfighting capabilities — cryptologic/signals intelligences, information operations, electronic warfare, network operations and space capabilities — converging them with the cyber domain.
Since its establishment, command has grown into an operational force composed of more than 14,000 active and reserve sailors and civilians organized into 28 active commands, 40 cyber mission force units, and 27 reserve commands around the globe. FCC reports directly to the chief of naval operations as an echelon II command and is responsible for planning, coordinating, integrating, synchronizing, directing, and conducting the full spectrum of cyberspace operational activities required to ensure freedom of action across all of the navy's warfighting domains in, through, and from cyberspace, and to deny the same to the Navy's adversaries. As such, U.S. Fleet Cyber
Command serves as the Navy component command to U.S. Cyber Command, the Navy space component to U.S. Strategic Command, and the Navy's Service Cryptologic Component Commander under the National Security Agency/Central Security Service.
“As you all know, we are in the midst of a great power competition,” said White. “If there is to be victory in a possible conflict, it will be because of all the hard work that you do and our ability to connect the global fleet across vast distances.”
FCC is responsible for Navy information network operations, offensive and defensive cyberspace operations, space operations and signals intelligence. C10F is the operational arm of Fleet Cyber Command and executes its mission through a task force structure similar to other warfare commanders. In this role, C10F provides support of Navy and joint missions in cyber/networks, cryptologic/signals intelligence and space.
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