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NEWS | Oct. 18, 2022

CYBER 101 - U.S. Cyber Command Mission

By U.S. Cyber Command PAO

The mission of U.S. Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM) is to plan and execute global cyber operations, activities, and missions to defend and advance national interests in collaboration with domestic and international partners across the full spectrum of competition and conflict.

USCYBERCOM executes its mission through three distinct lines of lines of operation:

  • USCYBERCOM defends the Department of Defense Information Network (DODIN) from all cyberattacks and intrusions. The DODIN is comprised of all the classified and unclassified networks that facilitates day-to-day DOD operations. USCYBERCOM is ready and capable to defend DODIN 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
  • USCYBERCOM strengthens the nation’s ability to withstand and respond to cyberattacks. The command provides options to policymakers and leverages its interagency and international partnerships to identify and stop malicious cyber activity before it threatens critical infrastructure and key resources across the Nation.
  • USCYBERCOM conducts full-spectrum cyberspace operations to assist Combatant Commanders and the Joint Force in accomplishing their mission objectives in and through cyberspace. Cyber operations ensure the security of networks, data, and weapon systems across the globe, while using its authorities to disrupt, degrade, and destroy the capabilities of malicious cyber actors and foreign state adversaries as directed.

Operations are directed through USCYBERCOM’s various components. These include the 133 teams of the Cyber National Mission Force (CMF), Joint Force Headquarters-DODIN (JFHQ-DODIN), the Cyber National Mission Force (CNMF), Joint Task Force Ares, and respective Service’s cyber components – Army Cyber Command (ARCYBER), Marine Corps Forces Cyberspace Command (MARFORCYBER), Fleet Cyber Command/Tenth Fleet (FCC/10F), Air Force Cyber/16th Air Force (AFCYBER), and Coast Guard Cyber Command (CGCYBER).

USCYBERCOM’s mission is informed by the constantly evolving threat environment in cyberspace. The Nation’s prosperity, national security, critical infrastructure, businesses, public services, and the daily lives of millions of Americans depend on interconnected technologies. Cyberspace has created new opportunities for Americans to connect with one another, expanding commerce and promoting the free exchange of ideas. The DOD also leverages cyberspace to increase its effectiveness and ability to project force across the globe.

Along with the rest of the world, the U.S.’s dependence on cyberspace presents malicious cyber actors and foreign state adversaries with new and insidious ways to interfere with the American way of life. Cyberspace threats to the United States remain persistent and continuously evolve as new technology is developed. Recent high profile cyberattacks and operations, such as the state-sponsored data breaches within the Office of Personnel Management or the SolarWinds attack, illustrate cyberspace can no longer be treated as a separate and lesser category of national security, but must be dealt with as a strategic element of national power.

USCYBERCOM works to build a cyber mission force ready and capable of providing defensive and offensive options to decisionmakers to protect the United States. USCYBERCOM does so by attracting dedicated professionals and world-class talent, working with interagency and global partners, and linking these efforts through the Joint Cyber Warfighting Architecture (JCWA).

Our mission is essential to national security as we face an array of adversaries who are expanding the scope, scale, and sophistication of their operations against the United States. The men and women of USCYBERCOM are ready to meet this challenge and own the domain of cyberspace.