A National Security Archive FOIA request filed in January of 2016 produced, in late 2017, a Department of Defense memorandum encouraging department heads and combatant commanders to beat the deadline set by the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff for the incorporation of cyber into major military exercises. After receiving and publishing this document, National Security Archive researchers filed another request for the Chairman’s initial Execute Order (EXORD) which was provided with redactions. This week the CyberVault is posting the EXORD and highlighting the memorandum which references it.
New to the Vault
The Execute Order (EXORD) instructs “Combatant Commanders, Service Chiefs, and subordinate elements” to “incorporate realistic cyberspace conditions, to include robust red team operations, into major exercises in order to develop capabilities and TTP’s [training, tactics, and procedures] to sustain combat and other essential operations in a degraded or denied cyber environment”.
From the Vault
This memo requests all military department secretaries and combatant command commanders to beat a deadline set by the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff for incorporating cyber challenges into major military exercises.