Last updated 21 Aug 2018
- U.S. Cyber Command
plans, coordinates, integrates, synchronizes, and conducts activities to direct the operations and defense of
specified Department of Defense (DoD) information networks and prepare to, and when directed, conduct full-spectrum
military cyberspace operations to enable actions in all domains, ensure U.S./Allied freedom of action in cyberspace and
deny the same to our adversaries.
The U.S. Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM) was created in 2009 at the National Security Agency (NSA) headquarters in
Fort George G. Meade, Maryland. In 2010 USCYBERCOM achieved Full Operational Capability (FOC) as a sub-unified
command responsible for cyberspace operations. In May 2018 USCYBERCOM was elevated to the status of a full and
independent Unified Combatant Command. The elevation of USCYBERCOM recognized the growing centrality of cyberspace
to U.S. national security and the changing nature of warfare. The four Components of USCYBERCOM are as
- U.S. Army Cyber Command — directs and conducts integrated electronic warfare,
information, and cyberspace operations as authorized or directed, to ensure freedom of action in and through
cyberspace and the information environment, and to deny the same to our adversaries. Our 19,000 soldiers
and civilians operate in a global footprint to achieve the command's three strategic priorities:
- aggressively operate and defend the DoD Information Network
- deliver effects against our adversaries
- design, build, and deliver integrated capabilities for the future fight.
- Fleet Cyber Command — executes its mission to:
- serve as central operational authority for networks, information operations, cryptologic/signals intelligence,
cyber, electronic warfare, and space capabilities in support of forces afloat and ashore
- direct Navy cyberspace operations globally to deter and defeat aggression and to ensure freedom of action to achieve
military objectives in and through cyberspace
- organize and direct Navy cryptologic operations worldwide and support information operations and space planning and
operations, as directed
- execute cyber missions as directed
- direct, operate, maintain, secure, and defend the Navy's portion of the DoD Information Networks (DoDIN)
- deliver integrated cyber, information operations, cryptologic, and space capabilities
- deliver a global Navy cyber common operational picture
- develop, coordinate, assess, and prioritize Navy cyber, cryptologic/signals intelligence, space, information
operations, and electronic warfare requirements
- assess Navy cyber readiness
- exercise administrative and operational control of assigned forces.
Air Force Space Command — established the 24th Air Force to enable cross-domain synergy, while aligning common technical expertise to present Air Force cyber forces to the joint fight. Consolidating cyberspace combat forces within a cyber-focused numbered air force emphasizes their operational nature, establishes a nexus of existing Air Force combat experience in the domain and allows flexibility for future growth. On 8 Jun 2018 Air Force officials announced the service's cyber responsibilities will realign to Air Combat Command from Air Force Space Command.
Marine Corps Forces Cyberspace Command's — Commander (COMMARFORCYBERCOM), as the Marine Corps service
component commander for the Commander, U.S. Cyber Command (CDRUSCYBERCOM):
- represents Marine Corps capabilities and interests
- advises CDRUSCYBERCOM on the proper employment and support of Marine Corps forces
- coordinates deployment, employment, and redeployment planning and execution of attached forces.