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Joint Chiefs Nominee Gen. Mark Milley: DoD Needs to Strengthen Information Warfare, Cyber Capabilities

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Army Gen. Mark Milley

Army Gen. Mark Milley, the White House’s nominee to be the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and 2019 Wash100 Award recipient, said the Department of Defense should improve its information warfare, cyber and electronic warfare capabilities to counter threats posed by Russia, China and other competitors, C4ISRNET reported Thursday. Milley, chief of staff of the Army and a 2019 Wash100 Award winner, said that DoD should integrate planning and capabilities for information warfare and cyber.

“The first Line of Effort of the 2018 DoD Cyber Strategy is to empower timely integrated cyber operations,” he wrote in a pre-hearing questionnaire issued as part of the confirmation process. “Objectives of this Line of Effort include … normalizing cyberspace operations across the Joint Force; and normalizing cyberspace operations and cyber mission force role in the defense support to civil authorities process.”

Milley also cited the Pentagon’s efforts to integrate electronic warfare systems and adoption of the Electromagnetic Spectrum Operations concept.