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[ISN] Cyber Task Force Passes Mission to Cyber Command

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Date: Wed Sep 08 2010 - 07:58:00 GMT

By Army Sgt. 1st Class Michael J. Carden
American Forces Press Service
Sept. 7, 2010

ARLINGTON, Va., -- After spending the better part of the past decade
defending the Defense Department’s computer networks, the Joint Task
Force Global Network Operations command cased its colors.

The task force was deactivated in a ceremony today here at the Defense
Information Systems Agency. The task force’s operations and personnel
now fall under U.S. Cyber Command at Fort Meade, Md.

Air Force Gen. Kevin P. Chilton, commander of U.S. Strategic Command,
presided over the ceremony. Although the ceremony marked the end of the
task force’s tenure, its mission continues, he said.

“Today we’re rolling the flag at JTF-GNO, but we’re not rolling the
mission,” Chilton said. “This mission will continue on at U.S. Cyber
Command and will be as essential tomorrow as it is today to the United
States of America.”

The task force was short-lived, but it was the product of 12 years of
initiatives and foresight to develop the best ways to operate on the
cyber battlefield. JTF Computer Network Defense was created in 1998
under the U.S. Space Command.

That task force had a dual mission to conduct offensive and defensive
cyber operations. It was reorganized to fall under Stratcom in 2003. By
2004 the task force was redesignated as JTF Computer Network Operations
to assume the offensive role. The JTF Global Network Operations also was

The new task force’s mission was to direct the operation and defense of
the global information grid throughout the full spectrum of war
fighting, intelligence and business missions within the department.

Since its activation, JTF Global Network Operations has ensured support
to Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan,
Operation Noble Eagle and the overall global war on terror.

Cybercom was activated in May. The JTF Computer Network Operations
followed soon after. JTF Global Network Operations’ deactivation
culminates years of work and effort to integrate Cybercom into its
operations, Chilton said.

“It was clear that our missions needed to come together, and we’ve done
that,” the general said. “The transition began this year, and it’s going
to continue today.”

Chilton praised JTF Global Network’s final commander, Army Lt. Gen.
Carroll F. Pollett, who he said changed the culture of network
accountability within the department and got leaders involved in cyber

“The command and control was not as tight as it needed to be to confront
the threats of today,” Chilton said. “[Pollett] made our networks
commanders’ business. You brought that focus to every service and DoD

Pollett assumed command of JTF Global Network Operations and duties as
director of the Defense Information Systems Agency in November 2008. He
remains director of DISA.

JTF has played a significant role “in setting the conditions for the
future” of the department, cyberspace operations and the nation, Pollett

As the JTF Global Network Operations colors are retired for the final
time, Pollett said he’s reminded of the historical significance of the
transition of the task force to Cybercom.

The information environment, he said, has evolved dramatically, and
today the information grid is more than something that enhances

“[Information] has become an operational imperative in our ability to
deliver decisive capabilities to warfighters and our national leaders,”
the general said. “Cyberspace has evolved into a new warfighter domain.

“[Cyberspace has proven equal and just as important as air, sea, land
and space as a domain,” he continued. “It’s clear that it must be
defended and operationalized.”

Pollett praised the people under his command for their efforts, calling
them “pioneers” on the cyber domain front.

“It’s an honor to recognize the [JTF Global Network Operations] men and
women, past and present, for their extraordinary accomplishments in
working in the cyber domain,” Pollett said. “You led the way for
dramatic changes in the Department of Defense as the mission,
requirements and threats evolved.”

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