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Special forces upgrade cyber-warfare capabilities

05 December 2017

Key Points

  • Initiatives are being examined across the international special operations community to increase defensive and offensive toolsets for tactical cyber-warfare applications.
  • Desired capabilities include pre-strike cyber ‘artillery barrages’, malware insertion to disable enemy defences and communications, and distraction operations to draw defensive attention.
  • The integration of cyber warfare into the tactical toolkit of special operations teams will grow in importance, although cognitive and ergonomic challenges will weigh upon commanders.

Special operations forces (SOF) are starting to exploit cyber-warfare technology across the operating environment in line with emerging and future requirements. This includes in the planning, preparation, and execution of special operations; in constantly developing and evolving doctrines and concepts of operation (CONOPS); and in tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTPs).

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