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Army Foresees “Perpetual Turbulence” in Cyberspace

U.S. Army doctrine (pdf) published last week anticipates an increasingly unstable information environment that may challenge Army operations and test national capabilities.

“Unprecedented levels of adverse activity in and through cyberspace threaten the integrity of United States critical infrastructure, financial systems, and elements of national power. These threats range from unwitting hackers to nation-states, each at various levels of competence. Collectively, the threats create a condition of perpetual turbulence without traditional end states or resolution.”

Under prevailing circumstances, the Army says, “Notions of ‘dominating’ cyberspace are simplistic and unrealistic. A realistic and meaningful goal is to achieve and maintain freedom of action in and through cyberspace while being able to affect that of the adversaries.”

The Army’s assessment and proposed response are described in “Cyberspace Operations Concept Capability Plan 2016-2028,” TRADOC Pamphlet 525-7-8, February 22, 2010.

0 thoughts on “Army Foresees “Perpetual Turbulence” in Cyberspace

  1. TRADOC Pamphlet 525-7-8 is NOT Army doctrine. The TRADOC 525 series are publications that are conceptual in nature. They inform doctrine, but they are not doctrine in and of themselves; that is, they are the “fundamental principles by which the military forces … guide their actions in support of national objectives.” (Joint Publication 1-02). This particular pamphlet sets forth a concept of how the Army might organize itself and what tactics, techniques, and procedures it might apply to best meet the challenges of operating within the cyberspace domain six to 18 years from now.

    Doctrine, once approved as such within the Army, is published in field manuals, FM 1 and FM 3-0, for examples. Doctrine applies to the here and now, not to hypothetical scenarios in the next decade.

    Otherwise, great article, as are most that I’ve read.

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