by Maj. Christina Hoggatt
Air Force Space Command Public Affairs
4/10/2013 - COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Air
Force Space Command Vice Commander, Lieutenant General John E. Hyten,
spoke on how cyber operations are a clear catalyst for change in the art
and science of modern warfare during the Space Foundation's Cyber 1.3
luncheon at The Broadmoor hotel here, Monday.
Lt. Gen. Hyten emphasized the importance of getting back to the basics
in cyber, the efficacy and potential sticking points in creating a joint
information environment, and the distinctions between cyber operations,
information technology, and weapon systems.
"The Chief of Staff of the Air Force just approved weapons system
designation for six of our cyber weapons systems," he said. "We're
gaining ground in normalizing cyber operations in the Air Force."
According to Lt. Gen. Hyten, the Air Force is also integrating those
cyber capabilities with other joint capabilities to meet combatant
commanders' requirements. He noted that all services are endorsing a
force presentation model that will build mission ready teams to support
both U.S. Cyber Command and combatant command missions.
He went on to speak in support of the Joint Information Environment.
"As the Cyber Core Function Lead Integrator for the Air Force, we're
committed to the goals of the JIE, but we need to make sure we don't
reset any of the progress we've made in network defense, network
security, and cyber normalization," Lt. Gen. Hyten said.
Though the general believes in the JIE concept, he is concerned that the
Single Security Architecture remains undefined, rigorous operational
processes have not been put in place or tested, and there are still
significant questions about resourcing this endeavor.
"Commercialization can also reduce our need for larger server
infrastructures--they shift the significant operations and maintenance
burden onto the commercial sector," he said.
He also pointed out that since cyberspace is such a sophisticated
environment, both the Department of Defense and the private sector need
to agree on some basic definitions.
"While our Airmen have mastered the ability to communicate through
cyberspace, our inability to communicate about cyberspace, the domain,
and cyberspace operations in particular, frequently causes confusion and
the inability to effectively and efficiently bring cyber capabilities
to the fight," Lt. Gen. Hyten said. "We won't operationalize cyberspace
until we operationalize our lexicon."
Using the three recently approved lines of operation for cyber to
illustrate his point, Lt. Gen. Hyten said the key to understanding this
new warfighting domain will be to understand the difference between
cyberspace operations and information technology. "Each of these lines
of operation is pivotal to maintaining the freedom to operate in and
through cyberspace and enable the exchange of information for space and
cyberspace operations," he said.
The different areas of cyber all have unique definitions and, according
to Lt. Gen. Hyten, many times cyberspace and Information Technology are
"If we allow these definitions to become more than that, if they become
too unwieldy, they lose their meaning and they become weapons in a
religious debate between different elements of our force," he said.
The general went on to suggest that by using the foundational
definitions found in the Clinger-Cohen Act of 1996 and Joint Publication
3-12, Cyberspace Operations, the joint force will develop a more clear
understanding of cyberspace, cyberspace operations and Information
"Despite the changes ahead, one thing remains certain, the cyberspace
domain is a priority for this Nation, for the Department of Defense and
for the United States Air Force," Lt. Gen. Hyten said. "Our success on
the battlefield is one that depends on the timely movement of
information. We must be ready to meet any adversary in cyberspace that