Naval War College workshop advances cyberwarfare training

U.S. COAST GUARD Rear Adm. John Mauger, U.S. Cyber Command director of exercises and training, delivered a keynote address at the Professional Military Education and Cyber Domain Workshop in January at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport. / COURTESY U.S. NAVY/JAIMA FOGG

NEWPORT – The U.S. Naval War College welcomed leaders from the U.S. Cyber Command, U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Military Academy, Naval Postgraduate School, U.S. Air Force Academy and U.S. Marine Corps University to the Professional Military Education and Cyber Domain Workshop held Jan. 17-18.

Cyberwarfare experts and military educators gathered to advance the way cyberwar fighters are trained, said Peter Dombrowski, Cyber and Innovation Policy Institute director.

Rear Adm. Jeffrey Harley, Naval War College president, told the group the battle in cyberspace is underway.

“This war has already begun,” he said. “One of the big realizations here in the past few years is that a war doesn’t just start when the bullets fly.”

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Jerome Lynes, deputy director for joint education and doctrine at the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, said defense officials have started measuring U.S. abilities in the cyber arena and others.

U.S. Coast Guard Rear Adm. John Mauger, U.S. Cyber Command director of exercises and training, told the group his organization is taking new strides to address “a revolutionary change” affecting the world’s power balance.

“Within CYBERCOM, we have turned that into an operational approach that is actively engaging with our adversaries, contesting them in cyberspace and imposing costs on them,” he said.

The event included breakout sessions with discussions of cyberspace education and cyber-research topics.

Nina Kollars, associate professor in the Naval War College’s Strategic and Operational Research Department, said the workshop was in part to ensure the military’s cyber educators know each other.

Dombrowski hopes the conversations continue, again at Newport or at one of the other educational venues.

“If this network of people focuses on keeping these connections, trading best practices, generating case studies and data that’s useful for all of us, lecturing and briefing together when necessary and integrating the private sector – if we can use this forum to move forward, it’s a win.”

Susan Shalhoub is a PBN contributing writer.