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CHIPS Articles: Fleet Cyber Command/Tenth Fleet Strategic Plan 2015-2020

Fleet Cyber Command/Tenth Fleet Strategic Plan 2015-2020
By Office of the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Dominance (OPNAV N2/N6) - May 18, 2015
"We understand that U.S. Navy freedom of action in space, cyberspace, and the electromagnetic spectrum are necessary for all missions that our nation expects us to be capable of carrying out including winning wars, deterring aggression, and maintaining freedom of the seas." — Vice Adm. Jan E. Tighe, Commander, U.S. Fleet Cyber Command/U.S. Tenth Fleet

Current evolving threats in cyberspace range from nation-states to non-nation-state actors, including criminal organizations, hacktivists, and insiders. Data compromise and information loss genuinely threaten Navy missions, our economy, and thus our way of life; in all ways, information disruption is crippling. Whether it stems from malfunction or from malfeasance is moot if the results are the same: we lose freedom of action, we lose prosperity, we have increased operational risk, and, at worst, we have property damage, injury or death.

The updated strategic plan is aligned with DoD’s Cyber Strategy, USCYBERCOM guidance, A Cooperative Strategy for 21st Century Seapower, and the Navy Strategy for Achieving Information Dominance. It plots Fleet Cyber Command’s course to deliver on its responsibilities by leveraging its strengths and reducing Navy’s vulnerabilities. Toward that end, the plan lays out five pivotal, strategic goals that the command will achieve in the next five years. For each of those five-year goals, the plan also cites specific, verifiable outcomes that must be achieved in the next 18 months to ensure that the Fleet Cyber Command/Tenth Fleet team is on course.

The value the team brings to Navy and Joint commanders will be measured based on its ability to:

  1. Operate the network as a warfighting platform.
    • Assure Command and Control, Reduce our Intrusion Attack Surface, and Enhance our Defense in Depth operations.
    • Decrease cycle time by increasing organizational clarity and Influence the agility and speed of cyberspace PPBE and acquisition processes.
  2. Conduct tailored signals intelligence (SIGINT).
    • Institutionalize purposeful collaboration.
    • Expand and mature distributed SIGINT operations, maintain a technical SIGINT edge, and drive full National SIGINT Enterprise integration.
  3. Deliver warfighting effects.
    • Lead Navy’s understanding and use of cyber effects and Institutionalize cyber delivery capability.
  4. Create shared cyber situational awareness.
    • Establish a global defensive cyber operations enclave.
    • Define a unified data strategy and create analytics to feed cyber situational awareness.
    • Drive requirements for visualization tools to enable shared cyber situational awareness.
  5. Establish and mature Navy’s Cyber Mission Forces.
    • Develop innovative selection and recruiting requirements.
    • Accelerate generation of training requirements.
    • Drive requirements for leading edge capabilities and develop effective Command and Control capabilities and processes.

Key Messages

Freedom of action in space, cyberspace, and the electromagnetic spectrum are necessary to ensure all domain access and for all U.S. Navy missions.

  • Other operational commanders’ missions ride atop the capability that Fleet Cyber Command brings and therefore ongoing teamwork and collaboration are essential.
  • A talented workforce with the skills to excel across our mission sets and enduring partnerships with academia and industry are vital for continued success.

Vision

Fleet Cyber Command’s vision is to conduct operations in and through cyberspace, the electromagnetic spectrum, and space to ensure Navy and Joint/Coalition freedom of action and decision superiority while denying the same to our adversaries. We will win in these domains through our collective commitment to excellence and by strengthening our alliances with entities across the U.S. government, Department of Defense, academia, industry, and our foreign partners.

  • Freedom of action in space, cyberspace, and the electromagnetic spectrum are necessary to ensure all domain access and for all U.S. Navy missions.
  • Other operational commanders’ missions ride atop the capability that Fleet Cyber Command brings and therefore ongoing teamwork and collaboration are essential.
  • A talented workforce with the skills to excel across our mission sets and enduring partnerships with academia and industry are vital for continued success.
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