Defense & Security
Featured Topic: The Future of Our Nation's Defense
DoD Forecasts Future Military Environment
The Pentagon is faced with new and challenging political, economic, technological, strategic, and operational environments. According to the Joint Operating Environment (JOE) 2010 report, DoD leaders are finding themselves surprised by the creativity and capability of our nation's adversaries. The future of military operations will be dependent upon developing a joint force capable of adjusting with minimum difficulty when new surprises inevitably arise. New challenges may involve racial, tribal, or political groups warring over natural resources such as water, while the potential spread of disease resulting from unsanitary conditions could cause undo problems.
Defending the Cyber Realm
One of the most serious national security challenges we face is the vulnerability of cyberspace. This encompasses everything from networks to the information stored in computer databases and other applications. President Obama has identified cybersecurity as one of the most serious economic and national security challenges we face as a nation, but one that we as a government and country are not adequately prepared to counter. The real challenge lies in the individuals who use the networks. That is why, in 2010, U.S. officials recognized the need to unify cyber operations within the Army. Today the U.S. Army Cyber Command leads a corps of 21,000 soldiers and civilians tasked with defending our defense networks and promoting cybersecurity education throughout the ranks.
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