US ready for partnership with allies on lethal Cyber Strategy

Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Dennis Crall, the Defense Department’s deputy principal cyber advisor and senior military advisor for Cyber Policy, speaks at the 10th annual Billington Cybersecurity Summit in Washington, Sept. 5, 2019.

Washington, Sep 9 : The U.S. cyber strategy directly reflects the National Defense Strategy’s which is based is on three key pillars: lethality, reform and partnerships, said Marine Corps Maj. General Dennis A. Crall.

Crall admitted that some allies and partners have authorities and capabilities the U.S. military doesn’t have. “We want to make sure we take advantage of those,” he told the summit audience.

“We still struggle with information sharing in a timely manner, so we need better cross-domain solutions, and that’s on the radar to solve this year. Information needs to flow at the speed of warfare,”he said.

Speaking during a panel discussion at the 10th annual Billington Cybersecurity Summit , Senior military advisor for Cyber Policy Crall said” lethality means being able to carry out offensive and defensive cyber operations in a contested environment.”


Another aspect of lethality is that the commander needs to have the right authorities to carry out the mission. “Congress and the administration loaded us up with authorities we never before had, so we need to use them,” he said.

Those authorities need to be built into the planning and tested with the right processes in place to take full advantage of them, he added. “Bad process can take the most energetic, forceful, excited individuals and crush them through a series of bureaucratic morass that doesn’t lead to an outcome,” the general said.

He said, lethality means having a well-trained, well-led workforce because people are pivotal to the success of any endeavor.

Regarding reform, Crall said the cyber workforce needs to have cutting-edge equipment and capabilities to perform the mission at hand, saying it’s foolish to spend sustainment dollars on outdated technology that’s no longer effective.

“At one time, money flowed too freely and DOD couldn’t account for the way it was spent,” he said, cautioning stakeholders to be careful. “People want to help us. Results have to be data-driven and show effectiveness.”

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