[ISN] Cyber warriors anticipate center
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Mon Feb 28 05:36:37 EST 2005
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By Frank Tiboni
Feb. 25, 2005
Personnel in the military's new cyberdefense organization hope to
operate a new command center by late spring.
The facility will include new hardware and software to help workers of
the Joint Task Force-Global Network Operations (JTF-GNO) operate,
manage and defend the military's computer networks. "It will be a
state-of-the-art facility," said Army Brig. Gen. Dennis Via, deputy
commander of the JTF-GNO. He spoke Feb. 23 at the Defense Department
Global Information Grid Enterprise Services conference held by the
Association for Enterprise Integration, an industry trade group.
Via said JTF-GNO personnel need a new command center to perform their
global mission. He declined to discuss its cost and the companies
doing the work.
Military officials will update the secure compartmentalized
information facility (SKIF) of JTF-GNO's predecessor organization, the
Joint Task Force-Computer Network Operations, Via said. A SKIF should
ensure that people cannot eavesdrop on the voice, video and data
monitored and transmitted there.
Work started there in December and should end in May. JTF-GNO
employees temporarily work in the Global Network Operations and
Security Center operated by the Defense Information Systems Agency,
The opening of the new command center coincides with JTF-GNO becoming
fully operational. Task force officials also plan in May to issue
updated guidelines for overseeing the military's networks called the
Joint Concept of Operations, he said.
In June, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld created JTF-GNO and named
the director of the Defense Information Systems Agency, Air Force Lt.
Gen. Harry Raduege, to oversee it to achieve a more cohesive
operation, management and protection of the military's networks. In
November, DOD officials approved the Global Information Grid Network
Operations and Defense plan that identifies four officials in the
military services that will report to Raduege.
The task force falls under Strategic Command, one of the military's
nine unified combatant commands that either oversee use of combat
forces in a geographic region or provide a capability and develop
doctrine for them. Strategic Command oversees the operation and
protection of the military's networks and information operations to
include psychological operations and perhaps computer network attack.
The formation of and foundation for JTF-GNO comes after task force
officials in 2004 tabulated 74,053 incidents including attempted
intrusions on the military's networks ... the most since DOD officials
started publicly announcing them in 2001. They reported 40,076
incidents in 2001, 43,086 in 2002 and 54,688 in 2003.
"The threat is becoming more aggressive and sophisticated," said Via.
"Communications without intelligence is noise; Intelligence
without communications is irrelevant." Gen Alfred. M. Gray, USMC
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