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Michael Rogers: DoD Plans to Coordinate Network Management, Security Functions

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Adm. Michael Rogers

The Pentagon is developing an operational framework to allow the U.S. Cyber Command and the Defense Information Systems Agency to cooperate on oversight and defense of military networks, SIGNAL Magazine reported Monday.

George Seffers writes DISA will be tasked to help Cybercom manage and secure the military cyber infrastructure as part of Pentagon’s efforts to integrate cyber functions across the organization.

“You are more effective in both operating a network and defending a network when you do it with one integrated approach,” said Navy Adm. Michael Rogers, Cybercom’s commander, according to the magazine.

The goal is to establish a Joint Force Headquarters for Department of Defense Information Networks.

“That is a function that we will assign to DISA to execute, and then we’ll partner as we move forward. And DISA in turn will have a command relationship with our service components,” Rogers added, according to Seffers’ article.

He noted the Joint Information Environment platform will serve as the global backbone to connect networks across all four U.S. military branches.

Rogers has been working with Terry Halvorsen, acting Pentagon chief information officer, and DISA Director Lt. Gen. Ronnie Hawkins to formalize the DISA-CYBERCOM partnership.

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