U.S. Transportation Command has opened a joint cyber center for securing the command’s information networks, American Forces Press Service reports.
Donna Miles writes the command’s commercial partners deliver 70 percent of its supplies and passengers around the world, citing congressional testimony from Air Force Gen. William Fraser III, Transcom’s commander.
Earlier this year, Fraser told lawmakers the command conducts 90 percent of its command’s distribution and deployment transactions in cyberspace and much of it uses unclassified and commercial systems.
Air Force Lt. Col. Robert Hume, the cyber center’s intelligence branch chief, told Miles Transcom is the place to go for disrupting the country’s military activities, calling it an Achilles heel.
Fraser identified access to secure information networks as a major focus in the command’s five-year information technology plan, AFPS reports.
Air Force Col. David Johnson, chief of the cyber center, told AFPS Transcom took three entities already in existence and put them into one office, continuing their working relationship.
Johnson said Transcom focuses primarily on defensive cyber operations and Cyber Command would conduct offensive cyberspace operations only if needed to defend against an attack.