Aaron Hughes, deputy assistant secretary for cyber policy at the Defense Department, has said the U.S. governmentâs national power instruments and the U.S. militaryâs stated policy have helped deter “destructive” cyber attacks, Nextgov reported Wednesday.
âWe have a maneuver force in the Cyber Mission Force that can provide a military component for whatever the whole-of-government recommendations might be,â Hughes told NextGov senior correspondent Joseph Marks in an interview.
Hughes, who joined DoD in 2015, cited some of the cybersecurity efforts the department hasÂ launched during President Barack Obamaâs administration such as the release of DoDâs cyber strategy in April 2015 and the initial operating capability milestone achieved by the Cyber Command in the fall of 2016.
He told Nextgov the National Defense Authorization Act has provided DoD âmore rapid hiring authorityâ for Cybercom staff and some cyber functions at the Defense Information Systems AgencyÂ in the past two years and that the Pentagon has considered actions how to manage trained military personnel that are part of the cyber mission teams.
Hughes also mentioned DoDâs offensive cyber capabilities, the transition of Cybercom into a unified combatant command and his views on DoDâs cyber operations over the next two decades.