Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Absence of Tactical Level Cyber Capabilities for the US Army Special Operation Warfighters
by Rivera, Richard, M.S., Utica College, 2018, 111; 10980859
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this study is to analyze existing United States Army Special Operations Forces (ARSOF) cyber capabilities, identify gaps, and explore the possible need for US Army special operations warfighters to build a robust cyber skill set. This research reviews the current status of cyber-capacity and capability for ARSOF to conduct cyberspace operations, the vulnerabilities that inhibit Army Special Operations Forces from conducting Cyberspace Operations at the Tactical Level, and provides recommendations as to what steps to take to improve the warfighting posture of ARSOF in the cyber domain.

This research found that it is critical to train and equip Army Special Operators in cyberspace operations at the tactical echelon, in order to compete with adversaries with sophisticated cyber capabilities in combat operations within multi-domain operations. The Doctrine, Organization, Training, Materiel, Leadership Education, Personnel, Facilities, and Policy (DOTMLPF-P) analysis is used to study problems to help solve the warfighters cyber capability gaps. In addition, this research reviewed historical cyber attacks to ascertain if the success cyberspace operations proved efficacious when integrated during conflicts.

This research provided recommendations to support ARSOF in the ways-ahead to contest in today's digital warfare. The Army Special Operations should be able to employ organic cyber capabilities at the tactical echelon with dedicated personnel to compete in modern-day warfare. ARSOF leaders must be prepared to operate with proper authorities and permissions it might gain in the future to employ robust cyberspace operations capabilities.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Giordano, Joe, Accorto, Derek
Commitee: John, Alan, Sanchez, Michael
School: Utica College
Department: Cybersecurity
School Location: United States -- New York
Source: MAI 58/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Military studies, Computer science
Keywords: Cyberspace intelligence, Cyberspace operations
Publication Number: 10980859
ISBN: 9780438692800
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