By Rear Adm. Jan E. Tighe
Deputy Commander, U.S. Fleet Cyber Command/U.S. 10th Fleet
Four years ago today, U.S. 10th Fleet (C10F) was re-commissioned and U.S. Fleet Cyber Command (FCC) was established by the Chief of Naval Operations. Since that time, the FCC/C10F team has driven innovation and change across the Navy in the cyber/networks, information operations, electronic warfare, cryptologic/signals intelligence and space missions. I am thrilled to join the team in this time of unprecedented change in our mission area.
As many of you know, U.S. Fleet Cyber Command serves as the Navy component command to U.S. Strategic Command and U.S. Cyber Command, and the Navy’s Service Cryptologic Component commander under the National Security Agency/Central Security Service. Fleet Cyber Command also reports directly to the Chief of Naval Operations as an Echelon II command.
U.S. 10th Fleet is the operational arm of Fleet Cyber Command and executes its mission through a task force structure similar to other warfare commanders. In this role, C10F provides operational direction through its Maritime Operations Center located at Fort George Meade Md., executing command and control over assigned forces in support of Navy or joint missions in cyber/networks, information operations, electronic warfare, cryptologic/signals intelligence and space.
The command’s success as it moves into the beginning of its fifth year is built on the substantial legacy of many organizations, including the former Naval Security Group, the Navy Computer Telecommunications Command and Naval Network Warfare Command. Success is also built upon the expertise of nearly 15,000 FCC/C10F personnel across the Information Dominance Corps nd other communities (officer, enlisted and civilians) deployed around the world who are motivated and mission-focused warfighters. FCC unifies these warfighting capabilities and converges them in mission accomplishment for our Navy and Joint commanders.
In 2014, while marking this fourth anniversary, how do we measure progress in a warfighting domain such as cyber and across 10th Fleet’s broader mission set?
First and foremost, we note the ongoing cultural change both internally and throughout our Navy with respect to cyber in joint warfighting – a steady transformation that is absolutely necessary in order to successfully fight through the new cyber norm in which we operate.
This has meant changing the way we operate, defend and maneuver the network to maintain decision superiority. It has required communications and collaboration with echelon II commands and the entire Department of the Navy team to adapt and change quickly while ensuring minimal effect on operational and administrative functions.
We have made progress, but cannot rest now.
It takes all hands to assure access to cyberspace and maintain confident command and control of our networks. Put another way, as Vice Adm. Michael S. Rogers, Commander, U.S. Fleet Cyber Command/U.S. 10th Fleet has said, “If we’ve given you access to a keyboard, you’re operating in our domain.”
Additionally, in the spirit of transforming and adapting for the future, FCC/C10F is proud to be working with our other Navy teammates toward the creation of an Information Dominance Type Command (ID TYCOM), which will generate readiness for the Fleet manning, training, and equipment functions. This further develops the ID mission sets in line with every other warfighting discipline. It is a logical next step in our transformation and aligns our readiness generation construct with every other Navy warfighting area under U.S. Fleet Forces Command.
So, a hearty congratulations on four years of operational excellence to the U.S. Fleet Cyber Command/U.S. 10th Fleet team, as together we create the future!