Cyberspace Operations: What Senior Leaders Need to Know About Cyberspace

As is the case for the rest of modern society, the U.S. Department of Defense is reliant on complex information systems that utilize global computer networks for rapid sharing of information and the operation of critical infrastructure.

As dependence on these vulnerable networks increase, commanders must be directly involved because of the great operational impact of network failure or degradation.

However, there is concern that many senior leaders are being thrust into an area for which they are poorly equipped. It is imperative that academic institutions provide cyberspace education opportunities for future commanders as well as government and private sector leaders.

The cyber threat is one of the most serious economic and national security challenges we face as a nation. It’s also clear that we’re
not as prepared as we should be, as a government or as a country…
President Barack Obama, May 29, 2009

Based on this new educational requirement, the Cyberspace Operations Group of the Center for Strategic Leadership, U.S. Army War College, conducted a three-day workshop to explore the cyberspace issues that should be addressed in senior service college-level education and similar senior leader education programs.

This study provides a comprehensive report on the proceedings of the workshop.