The original Cyber Command was setup three years ago for the purpose of detecting and fighting cyber attacks against the United States; but rather than pursuing that goal with its full attention the Command has been pretty well consumed by needing to develop policies and legal frameworks, as well as making sure that the military networks are defended.
It was late last year however that senior Pentagon officials started putting together a plan that would see the cyber command grow in size as well as define its major mission groups. This is a part of an effort by the Defense Department’s Cyber Command to switch from what has largely been a defensive posture into more of an offensive forces – an equivalent of an Internet-era fighting force.
This ‘transformation’ will entail two things. The first is that Cyber Command will see its forces swell from the current 900 personnel to over 4,900, which will include both troops and civilians. The second is that there will be three types of forces created under Cyber Command: national mission forces, combat mission forces, and cyber protection forces; and they will operate with the following mandates.
National Mission Forces:
This force will be used to protect things like the computer systems that are the foundation of the electrical grids, power plants, and other infrastructures that the government and military deem critical to national and economic security. When asked senior defense officials said that the focus of the “national mission” teams was outside of the U.S. and that any actions taken would be against outside U.S. networks
Combat Mission Forces:
These forces would help commanders abroad plan and execute attacks and other types of offensive operations. This may include things like disabling an enemy’s command-and-control systems. In addition each region of the world would have teams that focus specifically on that area.
Cyber Protections Forces:
This force has one specific goal so far – protect and fortify the Defense Department’s networks from infiltration and outright attack.
via Washington Post