Warfighting – The Navy’s Cyberwarriors

This blog was written by Vice Admiral Michael Rogers, head of the Navy’s U.S. Fleet Cyber Command and TENTH fleet.

While many Americans understand the importance of the network that connects them with the rest of the world, they may not be as familiar with our Navy cyber warfighters and what they do on a daily basis to maintain mission critical connectivity between our naval forces. Because the Navy’s combat power is drawn from a highly networked and electromagnetic spectrum dependent force, the Navy must continuously fight within cyberspace to preserve these networks to maintain our maritime superiority.

Think of it this way; cyberspace is the fifth warfighting domain that intersects the other four which are sea, land, air, and space. Commanding this domain is critical to the Navy’s core capabilities of forward presence, deterrence, sea control, power projection, maritime security and humanitarian assistance/disaster response. The U.S. Department of Defense defines cyberspace as “a global domain within the information environment consisting of the interdependent network of information technology infrastructures, including the Internet, telecommunications networks, computer systems, and embedded processors and controllers.” Controlling and defending this information flow is a warfighting imperative.


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