Civil-Military Cooperation and International Collaboration in CYBER OPERATIONS by UNG.

Dr. Billy Wells, COL (Ret.) USA

The Institute for Leadership and Strategic Studies (ILSS) has a mission to promote research and dialogue related to the important security issues of our day. This involves both undergraduate research as well as graduate programs and international partnerships, and i s an essential element of our educational mission as a senior military college. Each year, ILSS hosts a symposium focused on a critical issue, bringing not only scholars in the field together, but also future military officers from nearly a dozen foreign countries.
While not included in this symposium monograph, undergraduate participants, particularly cadets and midshipmen, are encouraged to provide poster presentations for the symposium. Each year, the
theme looks at a different issue but one related to civil-military cooperation and the thornier issues facing the future leadership of our Nation and the Armed Forces as well as our allies.
The Cyber Domain, this year’s focus, is a relatively new field of conflict. While it is in many ways an extension of electronic warfare and signals intelligence, it is also dramatically different.

This domain is not limited by geography and can impact operations anywhere on the globe (and in space) at the speed of light. It is also a major “equalizer” among nations. Relatively small countries with far fewer military, economic, or geographic elements of national power can be highly competitive in this domain, and several already Civil-Military Cooperation and International Collaboration in Cyber Operations
vi are. In fact, preeminence in this domain, which does not rely on geography, can negate both military and, especially, economic power and can directly or indirectly influence political power through various means, including but not limited to social media.
This year’s theme, “Civil-Military Cooperation and International Collaboration in Cyber Operations,” highlights the difficulties our nation, indeed, the global community, face in dealing with cyber
challenges to our security, including the economic, military, and political implications. Equally, the symposium highlights the necessity across all government agencies and the public sector for coordination in an area that requires employing all national and international capabilities in a synchronized effort to protect society and, as necessary, to attack aggressors in the cyber domain.
While the military has exceptional capabilities in this area, they are far outpaced by the volume and talent operating in the civilian domain. Hence, there is an extraordinary leadership challenge
associated with cyber operations.
It is hopeful that this symposium monograph will be of interest and use to practitioners and researchers involved in this new and exciting domain. We look forward to feedback on this issue as well as to the next symposium, which will again deal with an exceptionally challenging topic facing our military and civilian leaders.

Dr. Billy Wells, COL (Ret.) USA
Oct 21, 2018
Dahlonega, GA

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