Brig. Gen. Robert Skinner: New DISA Unit to Help Coordinate Military Cyber Action

Brig. Gen. Robert Skinner
Brig. Gen. Robert Skinner

The Defense Information Systems Agency has formed a new unit to coordinate the protection of the Defense Department‘s internal networks across nearly 40 military organizations, Breaking Defense reported Monday.

“We can send out an order to these organizations to perform some type of action to operate, secure, and defend the [DoD Information Networks],” DISA Chief of Staff Brig. Gen. Robert Skinner told the publication.

Sydney Freedberg Jr. writes that Skinner will serve as deputy commander of the new Joint Force Headquarters DoDIN, which will work alongside U.S. Cyber Command to secure the DoD networks at an operational and strategic level, respectively.

Sean Lyngaas reports on FCW that JFHQ-DoDIN will direct the military services on cyber defense priorities so Cyber Command can focus on the execution of those priorities.

According to Skinner, JFHQ-DoDIN will have initial operational capability on Thursday with 100 personnel and will reach approximately 219 personnel once it achieves full initial operational capability.

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