7 October 2016


By: Mark Pomerleau

Cyber Mission Force Approaches Initial Operating Capacity n a major milestone, U.S. Cyber Command announced that the Cyber Mission Force is nearly initially operationally capable. A CYBERCOM spokesman said, as of Oct. 3, 99 percent of the CMF achieved initial operating capability with 132 of the total 133 teams reaching IOC by the end of fiscal 2016, Sept. 30.

“We set the bar for Initial Operating Capability (IOC) very high, both in terms of our standards and the time available,” Col Daniel J. W. King said. “Building a capability from scratch is an extraordinary challenge and we very nearly met our mark. Thousands of soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen answered that call and it is because of them that we continue to strengthen our Cyber Mission Force every day. This has always been about achieving rigorous standards in the shortest time available and I am confident that we will reach IOC very shortly.”

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The announcement follows the assertion by CYBERCOM Commander Adm. Michael Rogers in front of the Senate Armed Services Committee last month that the CMF will reach IOC by the end of September, the date long set for IOC.

“The Department of Defense concluded several years ago that defending the nation in cyberspace requires a military capability, operating according to traditional military principles of organization for sustained expertise and accountability at a scale that lets us perform multiple missions simultaneously,” Rogers said in provided written testimony to the committee in April. “When we started to build that capability in early 2013, we had no cyber mission force, no ability to generate or train such an entity and scant ability to respond at scale to defensive requirements or requirements from combatant commanders.”

Cyber Command itself reached full operational capacity (FOC) in 2010. The Cyber Mission Force is expected to reach FOC in 2018.


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The 133 teams will comprise of several sub teams with varying roles:

13 National Mission Teams that defend the nation.

68 cyber protection teams that work to defend DoD networks.

27 combat mission teams that provide support to combatant commanders and generate effects in support of operational plans and contingencies.

25 support teams that provide analytic and planning support to the national mission teams.

Additionally, the services are also fielding teams termed service cyber components

Those breakdown as follows:

Army – 41 teams

Navy – 40 teams

Air Force – 39 teams

Marines – 13 teams

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