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US Military Participates in Multinational Cyber Defense Exercise

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Some U.S. military personnel took joined their counterparts in six other countries to guard information technology networks and exchange data to avoid cyber attacks during a multinational exercise that took place in Bangkok.

Participants from the U.S., Thailand, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia trained in realistic  environments as part of the Cyberspace Field Training Exercise, the U.S. Army said Friday.

Lt. Col. Jason Silves of the Washington Air National Guard's 194th Wing served as the country's lead Cyber FTX representative.

"The cyber exercise is the opportunity to bring six nations together to work on … what is the most critical component from the multinational force's perspective of, in at least this exercise, modern warfare," Silves said.

During the activity, some cyber teammembers were defending a self-contained network while others acted as "red team" adversaries attempting to breach the network.

The exercise was part of Cobra Gold 2020, which occured from Feb. 24 to March 6 and sought to help multinational forces address regional security objectives.