[ISN] Stratcom acquires new IT missions

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Date: Fri Feb 07 2003 - 00:44:21 PST

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    By Dan Caterinicchia 
    Feb. 6, 2003
    U.S. Strategic Command last month acquired four new missions,
    including oversight of the Defense Department's information operations
    and global command, control, communications, computer, intelligence,
    surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR) capabilities.
    Air Force Gen. Richard Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff,
    said that President Bush signed "Change 2" to the Unified Command Plan
    Jan. 10, which assigned four emerging missions to Stratcom:
    * Missile defense.
    * Global strike.
    * DOD information operations.
    * Global C4ISR.
    In his Feb. 5 testimony before the House Armed Services Committee,
    Myers said the changes reflect "the U.S. military's increased emphasis
    on a global view."
    "With its global strike responsibilities, the command will provide a
    core cadre to plan and execute nuclear, conventional and information
    operations anywhere in the world," Myers said in his prepared
    testimony. "Stratcom serves as the DOD advocate for integrating the
    desired military effects of information operations."
    Stratcom, which has its headquarters at Offutt Air Force Base, Neb.,
    and is commanded by Navy Adm. James Ellis Jr., merged with U.S. Space
    Command in October 2002. However, it retains its space operations
    responsibilities and its nuclear triad of submarine, bomber and
    missile forces, Myers said.
    Army Maj. Gen. J. David Bryan, commander of Stratcom's Joint Task
    Force for Computer Network Operations (JTF-CNO), said one of his top
    priorities is to help facilitate Stratcom's growth and increased
    responsibilities by sharing his office's experience with cyber
    The JTF-CNO's mission is to defend all DOD networks from attack, as
    well as to initiate cyberattacks when instructed by the president or
    Defense secretary.
    "Communications without intelligence is noise;  Intelligence 
    without communications is irrelevant." Gen Alfred. M. Gray, USMC
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