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in the environments that we are likely
to fight in in future."
Relative to the cyber side, CW4 Kimberly Oliver, Senior Information Protection Technician for the 25th ID, (255S)
describes her team's role in and lessons
taken from the exercise. "Our job as cyberspace defense technician (MOS 255S),
now at brigade, is to defend the network,
to ensure that we harden and secure the
network as much as possible. We quickly
recognized, however, that one way that
things had to change was that, while
normally we would only talk to the S6
and didn't really think there was a need
to speak to others because our role was
strictly to defend the network, this exercise made us realize that it was necessary to also supply the information that
we gathered off of our sensors, whether
ESM or ACAS, to either the cyber team
and/or the CEMA team because those
pieces of information could potentially
provide a target that we could give to
the S2 (intelligence) shop to give to the
commander to possibly do a kinetic or
non-kinetic effect."

TOOLS
A number of new tools and capabilities were made available to par-

ticipants in the Cyber Blitz exercise.
Among the EW tools provided to CEMA
operators was a developmental version
of the Army's new EW Planning and
Management Tool (EWPMT), and the
Coalition Joint Spectrum Management
Planning Tool (CJSMPT), which the
Defense Information Systems Agency
(DISA) manages on behalf of the DOD.
The CJSMPT allows operators to actually visualize what both friendly and
enemy force spectrum signatures looks
like. Intel officer participants also
had access to the Distributed Common Ground System-Army (DCGS-A)
via SIPR, JWICS and NSANet, for doing
high-end analytics, including processing, exploitation and dissemination,
to provide the full richness of the Red
Force picture. The exercise also incorporated a notional set of capabilities
expected to be provided by the Multifunction EW (MFEW) family of systems that the Army is developing, both
ground and air variants.
The 25th ID also brought a number
of its cyber defense tools to Cyber Blitz,
including the Hub Verification Support
Services (HVSS) and Assured Compliance Assessment Solution (ACAS) tools.
As described by Chief Oliver, these are

used primarily for enterprise-solution
network security to do monitoring and
patching - similar to home computer virus protection software. "But, although
these are great tools at that level, at the
25th we're incorporating a system from
IBM called 'BigFix,' that in conjunction
with the other tools, allows us to go mobile. With BigFix, mobile teams are able
to maintain network compliance remotely, allowing us to use ACAS and reach
back to get patches from homebase. This
was important in this exercise because
we didn't want to have significant emission from our satellites."
CERDEC also took the opportunity
of the exercise to insert and evaluate
other capabilities and technologies in
an operational environment. One example was the Public Key Infrastructure
in a Tactical Environment (PKITE) tool
which alerts the signal staff officer (S6)
to an expiring or expired digital certificate. Says Wittstruck, "When you're in
an attack mode environment and you
start getting those messages, it may be
just a nuisance, but over time in today's
CEMA rich environment, you have to
start asking yourself why am I getting
this window? Is it real, or is someone
trying to divert me to another website?



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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JED - August 2016

The View From Here
Conferences Calendar
Courses Calendar
From the President
The Monitor
World Report
Cyber Blitz: US Army Gains New Insight for EW/Cyber Operational Integration
Technology Survey: Solid State Power Amplifiers for EW, Radar and Communications Applications
EW 101
Threat Monitor
AOC Election
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look
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JED - August 2016 - The View From Here
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JED - August 2016 - Conferences Calendar
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JED - August 2016 - Courses Calendar
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JED - August 2016 - From the President
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JED - August 2016 - The Monitor
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JED - August 2016 - World Report
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