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Annual US Cyber Flag exercise provides realistic training

Annual US Cyber Flag exercise provides realistic training

January 31
17:07 2013

Joint exercise brings government partners together

U.S. Cyber Command recently completed a cyber exercise with other government partners at a cyber range located at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev.  Cyber Flag 13-1, held Oct. 29 to Nov. 8, was a joint cyberspace training exercise designed to provide realistic training opportunities in a virtual environment for cyber components and organizations throughout the government.  Cyber security continues to be a priority across the U.S. government. The Department of Defense has a critical role in developing and supporting the nation’s cyber security efforts.  This year’s Cyber Flag, with approximately 700 participants, was larger than last year’s event of 300 and doubled the network size.

All participants had a specific role to play. They could have been playing the part of a U.S. team or may have role-played as an adversary.  “Exercises like Cyber Flag test participants’ readiness when faced with a realistic cyber event in a stressed environment against a dynamic and skilled adversary,” said U.S. Air Force Col. George Lamont, director of U.S. Cyber Command Joint Exercises and Training. “This was not a simple ‘capture the flag’ event.”  Every year, said Lamont, the command adds new elements to keep up with the changing face of cyberspace and enhance the exercise’s realism.   “The inclusion of several operational elements this year reinforced a warrior mind-set, which helps us to succeed in this domain in the defense of our nation,” Lamont said. “The exercise was definitely a success.”  The event also focused on mission integration between U.S. Cyber Command and its assigned cyber components from the Army, Navy, Marines and Air Force, as well as the realistic incorporation of personnel from the Defense Information Systems Agency.

(Sources: CDM and U.S. Cyber Command)

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