The House Armed Services Committee’s emerging threats and capabilities subcommittee voted Thursday toÂ endorse the inclusion ofÂ cyber opposition forces toÂ U.S. military training programs, Nextgov reported Monday.
Aliya Sternstein writes language inÂ theÂ 2017 National Defense Authorization ActÂ calls on the Defense Department to establishÂ a program for certifying and training cyber opposition forces.
The report said the provision would also require geographic combatant commands to enter into agreements with Defense Secretary Ashton Carter aboutÂ the use of opposition teams in cyber exercises.
“TheÂ committee recognizes that special arrangementsÂ will be neededÂ to deconflict training from real-world activitiesÂ that may happen on mission networks,” according to NDAA documents obtained by Nextgov.
An HASC official told Nextgov that a cyber opposition groupÂ wouldÂ beÂ like an aggressor squadron that takes part in the U.S. Air Force‘s Red Flag aerial combat training.