O.16 Offensive Cyber Operations

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Offensive cyber operations is everything related to reconnaissance and exploitation in the cyber space offensive mission. This knowledge unit provides a high-level overview of the different phases of cyber operations including target identification, reconnaissance, fingerprinting, development of operational plans, decision authorities/authorization, execution, and assessment.

Specific topics to be included in this knowledge unit include, but are not limited to:

  • Cyber attacks are restricted to military members of DoD, as restricted by international law. Authorities are derived from U.S. Code Title 10.
  • Cyber kill chain
  • Mission planning and execution process
  • Define mission objectives and desired effects from the overall mission standpoint
  • The different phases of cyber operations

Outcome: Students will understand the phases of a cyber operation, what each phase entails, who has authorities to conduct each phase, and how operations are assessed after completion.