Key themes in Defense Department’s cyber strategy

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Maj. Gen. George Franz (US Army, Ret.), managing director at Accenture Federal Services, discusses the Department of Defense’s new cyber strategy, and his major takeaways.


 

In the Department of Defense’s new cyber policy, U.S. Cyber Command plays a huge role and the strategy emphasizes developing a more active cyber force, The fact sheet released alongside the strategy says that a key theme is “using cyberspace to amplify military lethality and readiness.” Maj. Gen. George Franz (US Army, Ret.), managing director at Accenture Federal Services, says that there are a few main takeaways from this policy, chief among them is “execution.”

 

“We not only have a strategy that is clear and concise and positions us to do the right things, we now have the capability to execute a strategy. We have national policy that clearly indicates the will to use our military forces to engage in cyberspace. That’s clearly stated now. And although the policy is classified, and I hope it stays classified, it’s clearly setting positions for the department to be more assertive in the domain,” Franz said. “It’s taken us years to build but we have 133 Cyber Mission Force teams in the active force, we have 21 Guard and Reserve teams. In the past where we’ve had strategy without capacity, now we have strategy, policy and the capacity to execute.”