Sharpening the Ax.

Author:Broadmeadow, John

The USTRANSCOM mission relies on the end-to-end value chain within our global deployment and distribution network comprised of a system of systems, modes of transportation capacity, and global command and control, said LtGen Broadmeadow. These elements create a strategic comparative advantage for our nation. But, the challenges of tomorrow will require a new approach as problems become more complex, nuanced and interconnected.

Logistics fuels the engine of military power. While the character, methods and processes may evolve, the nature of logistics and the transportation enterprise remain constant. We exist to defend this nation, and in doing so, we keep the fight far from our shores. The joint deployment and distribution enterprise relies on the Services, force providers, and commercial partners. We present options to the nation's leadership and dilemmas to our adversaries by focusing on war fighting readiness.

Strength is derived from the individuals who make the decision every single day to sharpen the tools of their trade and prepare for battle. It's the small acts of professionalism that matter, he said. "We must ready ourselves like the blade to be strong and unyielding under pressure while slicing through barriers on our way... Seemingly ordinary and sometimes mundane tasks translate to proficiency, and proficiency translates to capability. Matched with capacity, the capabilities you hone keep this enterprise sharp and ready to fight."

He continued that adversaries seek to exploit cyber domain vulnerabilities, especially where the military's networks converge with commercial networks. In response, USTRANSCOM has implemerited National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) procedures as a baseline, with this language now included in USTRANSCOM contracts.

Recently, the command examined a security best practice by the financial industry where anonymized corporate data is shared to provide insights into cyber and physical threats to networks. The feasibility of creating a similar model for our enterprise needs to be determined, said Broadmeadow. "Because we all share the same risk to mission, real-time threat sharing ultimately creates another layer of resilience to our operations."

USTRANSCOM is also working on internal efforts to improve cyber mission assurance, protecting its transactions in a safe, cloud-based environment with built in resilience, redundancy, and security. Harnessing the power of data will allow for a future...

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