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The Army soon will introduce a new cyberoperations manual, which would focus upon what one service official calls “a more data-driven joint environment.”

The revision is being driven by plans outlined in the 2018 National Defense Strategy that advocate the ability to continually adapt to evolving threats.


“The [new doctrine] is being drafted as we speak,” said Lt. Gen. Ted Martin, commander of the Army Combined Arms Center.

“If there’s one theme across all this, it’s that we are driving operations for commanders,” said Brig. Gen. Paul T. Stanton, commander of the U.S. army Cyber Center of Excellence. “Commanders are the ones who make decisions … [and] develop the course of action and scheme of maneuver.”

The new policy will be contained in an updated field manual, FM 3-12, and would provide a path forward that extends beyond the cyber community to the entire Army, Martin said. No release date has been set yet, but service officials are described as working continuously on the document. The last such doctrine was issued in 2017.

“We can help abstract away some of the complexity of the science, but our commanders have to understand the fundamentals because this is a huge part of how we’re going to fight in the future,” Stanton said.

The Army plans to incorporate 5G capability, zero-trust cybersecurity and cloud access to unify the network. The approach would enable commanders to garner critical information efficiently and facilitate warfighters’ collaborations against enemies during battlefield operations. At the same time, the system would be protected from hackers, Stanton said.

“We’re pushing hard toward a zero-trust environment and an architecture to support and apply zero-trust principles across the entire Department of Defense Information Network,” Stanton said.