Mark Collins – US Cyber Seriousness (plus France…and Canada?)

Look what SecDef Carter is considering:

Carter May Elevate CYBERCOM to a Full Combatant Command
As network warriors pound away on ISIS in the battle for Mosul, Carter says it’s time to consider full-COCOM status for cyberwarfare.

Defense Secretary Ash Carter is considering turning U.S. Cyber Command into a full combatant command, an acknowledgment that cyber warriors are today not just defending military networks but joining in combined-arms attacks on the enemy [from a year ago: “US Cyber: Defence and Now Offence?“]…


Senate Leaders Set to Expand Role of U.S. Cyber Command in New Defense Bill

The Senate Armed Services Committee’s version of the defense authorization bill will call for making U.S. Cyber Command a functional combatant command…

When asked at a hearing whether Cyber Command was mature enough for such a step, [NSA Director and Commander, Cyber Command] Adm. Michael Rogers told the panel “yes,” but recommended that at least for now the commander also remain director of the National Security Agency. It would “be less than optimal to separate them now.” The command reached full operational capability Oct. 31, 2010 and is under Strategic Command [website here]…

Rogers told the committee, “Cyber is one area in which we have to acknowledge we have peer competitors.” He cited Russia as being there and China fast approaching that mark…

As for the French, a tweet:

As for Canada:

Time For Canadian Government to Get Really Cyber Serious

The previous Conservative one certainly wasn’t…

Mark Collins, a prolific Ottawa blogger, is a Fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute; he tweets @Mark3Ds


5 thoughts on “Mark Collins – US Cyber Seriousness (plus France…and Canada?)”

  1. On the other hand…

    “The Pentagon doesn’t know who’s in charge for responding to a massive cyber attack

    The Pentagon does not have a clear chain of command for responding to a massive cyber attack on domestic targets in the United States, according to the federal government’s principal watchdog.

    While some Defense Department documents say that U.S. Northern Command would have primary responsibility for supporting civilian agencies in such an event, other documents suggest U.S. Cyber Command should be leading that effort, the Government Accountability Office found, according to a new report published Monday.

    In the event of an attack on the nation’s electrical grid or financial system, for instance, the Defense Department would be expected to back up the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Yet, the Pentagon has no clear rules in place for how that might play out…”

    Mark Collins

  2. Any big bucks likely to come out of this Canadian review?

    The government is preparing to ramp up on two other high-profile policy reviews of its cyber preparedness as well as its international aid priorities, and demonstrated during its integrated role-out of the adjusted mission against ISIS that it views issues such as defence, security, foreign affairs and international development to be interconnected.

    However, while [Minister of National Defence] Sajjan said the teams at Public Safety and International Development work closely together, he did not say whether there would be any kind of an official liaison working between the departments as they launch their reviews…”

    Mark Collins

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