By Donna Payton • August 29, 2018

A Week in the World of Electronic Warfare

Last week AFCEA added another exceptional chapter to their annual TechNet Augusta conference.TechNet Booth

The HumanTouch team benefitted greatly from the conversations had with leaders and operators who shared opportunities, challenges and technology requirements from within the cyber domain. Highlights included an “all in” campaign for the DoD’s larger efforts to embrace the power of artificial intelligence through efforts such as building out the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC).

Another large attraction was the Women in Cyber Panel. This group shared their vision and emphasized the importance of collaboration and cooperation with all stakeholders in the race to modernize cyber capabilities.

A New Approach

The U.S. Army is taking a new approach on the training of its soldiers fighting in the cyber and electronic warfare domains. Education modernization is moving away from the step-by-step processes and looking to provide a platform for personnel to come up with their own solutions on a technologically complex battlefield.

“In a networked world, and in a cyber domain that’s ever-changing, I would submit to you that if we try to do task-based training, we are not going to get where we need to be,” said Maj. Gen. John B. Morrison. “Outcome-based means I’m just going to tell you what I want you to get done. How you get there is up to you. Get there. Get there quickly. Think through the problem.”

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The U.S. Army also shared concerns regarding the big data problem which is getting worse and more complicated as they described it.

“The military already struggles to analyze the amount of data provided by unmanned aerial systems. The amount of time it takes to analyze and exploit the data from one Predator flying a straight-line route for 18 to 24 hours is already extensive, and that’s looking through a soda straw at a very, very small piece of dirt,” Maj. Gen. James J. Mingus stated.

Defining "Cyber Command"

TechNet Augusta provided a great venue for our team to gain insight into the U.S. Army’s priorities and meet a vast network of cybersecurity professionals for current and future partnering opportunities.

Within this senior leadership, a common notion seemed to be the term “cyber command” no longer meeting the needs of the changes taking place in cyber capabilities. Cyber is advancing exponentially, converging with other realms such as electronic warfare, intelligence and signal. 

It might be time to rename "cyber command" to a term that better depicts what is transpiring across these capabilities with recommendations such as Army Information Warfare Operations Command or Army Information Warfare Dominance Command. ARCYBER’s mission is to conduct cyber missions, electronic warfare missions and information operation missions.

The path of tomorrow is to integrate all of these into one capability – some believe our adversaries are already doing this.

Fostering a Brighter Future

In our partnership with AFCEA, HT shares the value of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education and the importance of ensuring that all students have access to high-quality learning opportunities in STEM subjects.

The TechNet Augusta Conference serves as a venue for the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) Award, a nonprofit organization dedicated to transforming math and science education to the schools of Richmond County, Georgia.

This year NMSI received a check for $455,217 to offer programs that provide continuing support for students and teachers from elementary school through college. Its programs have boosted Advanced Placement exam performance in partner schools by 10 times the national average. To date, the initiative has affected 2 million students, more than 50,000 teachers, over 1,000 high schools and 44 universities.

At HT, we believe that it is part of our corporate responsibility to support and give back to our communities in need. As a result, we support a variety of programs every year including: Decorate A Vet, BritePaths, The Annual White Hat Gala with Children’s National, Habitat for Humanity and The Children’s Inn at National Institute of Health.

HT is also a founding sponsor of The International Consortium of Minority Cyber Professionals (ICMCP), an association developed to help bridge the "great cyber divide" created by the ongoing under-representation of minorities in the fast-growing field of cybersecurity. The ICMCP bridges this divide through scholarship opportunities, technical training programs, innovative outreach, mentoring and networking programs for minority cybersecurity professionals worldwide. Register today for the ICMCP 2018 National Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, Sept. 17 – 19.

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Thank you to everyone who stopped by our booth at the 2018 AFCEA TechNet conference! We are looking forward to seeing everyone again in Augusta for the 2019 show!

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