Golly, Miss Molly
A Blog about a Service Dog and her Veteran with PTSD
(Supporting the Veteran and the Family Caregiver)
The Dark Side of Star Wars
This Christmas, Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits the big screen to take us on a remake journey through space. The first Star Wars movie, A New Hope, aired in 1977—just two years after I graduated from high school and nearly ten years after William returned from Vietnam. Our nation dropped its jaw with vivid images of Darth Vader and an indestructible army, flaunting our vulnerability to alien cultures and the dark side powerful enough to destroy planets.
Stars and Stripes released an article this week titled, “Army creating cyber unit using soldiers and civilians” by Seth Robson. Coming out of Yokota Air Base, the article reported that Cyber Command has established 20 cyber units with plans to add 21 more by the end of next year, according to Lt. Gen Cardon. The article described fantastic operations that led me to the world of US Cyber Command.
Thirty-three years after Star Wars blasted into American life, the Army birthed USCYBERCOM, an operational-level Army force linked with the Second Army. Its mission is summarized below:
USCYBERCOM plans, coordinates, integrates, synchronizes, and conducts activities to: direct the operations and defense of specified Department of Defense information networks and; prepare to, and when directed, conduct full-spectrum military cyberspace operations in order to enable actions in all domains, ensure US/Allied freedom of action in cyberspace and deny the same to our adversaries.
Lauding credit for 2015 USCYBERCOM accomplishments, the White House posted a lengthy Fact Sheet. Accomplishments focus on the sharing of information between government agencies; new cybersecurity legislation; public private security collaboration; cybersecurity training; secure purchasing; creation of a Cyberthreat office; threat blockage programs; and, new coalitions with Brazil, India, Japan, UK, and the Gulf states.
USCYBERCOM’s efforts will also support the Armed Services’ ability to confidently conduct high-tempo, effective operations as well as protect command and control systems and the cyberspace infrastructure supporting weapons system platforms from disruptions, intrusions and attacks.
The Molly Blog often refers to public access as a term in ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) that allows service animals access to public places. USCYBERCOM wants service dogs and their Veterans to have full access to cyber information. Let’s give ‘em a high paw!
At the Army Cyber web site, we want all viewers to be able to have equal access to important cyber security information. USCYBERCOM website
Looking for Cyber Warriors
USCYBERCOM is gearing up in a time when technology changes as fast as we change undergarments. With the goal to add 21 more cyber teams in the next year, the organization actively recruits for cyber warriors, both civilian and military to employ a total of 1,899 personnel. Applications are being taken for Cyber Threat Analysts, Security Specialists, Management Analysts, Intelligence Operations Specialists, and more. To check out these opportunities, visit the USCYBERCOM job site.
An Unplugged Dog
I must admit that I am at a loss for understanding much of the available information on cybersecurity. I am part of the vintage Star Wars era where there were no personal computers, cell phones, or televisions without antennas–a time when spam was an inexpensive meal. There is so much more to USCYBERCOM and its methods to protect Americans than I could ever share in a blog.
Molly shares my dinosaur traits. Television bores her unless HGTV rings a doorbell, in which case we have to tell her stand down lest she attack a non-existent intruder. The closest she will get to a keyboard is the clicking sound her double dewclaws make crossing our wood floor.
Molly and I rejoice, however, in the efforts of the US Army to keep us safe in space. After all, space is the one frontier where service animals and their Veterans can go without fear of being denied public access.
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- Robson, Seth. “Army creating cyber unit using soldiers and civilians,” in Stars and Stripes, August 30, 2015.
- USCYBERCOM at http://www.arcyber.army.mil/index.html, as retrieved on September 7, 2015.
- US White House at https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/07/09/fact-sheet-administration-cybersecurity-efforts-2015, as retrieved on September 7, 2015.
About the blogger
Dr. Penelope “Penny” Culbreth-Graft is a retired city manager and graduate professor. She lives with her disabled Vietnam Veteran husband, William, and his service dog, Molly, on Cheyenne Mountain in Colorado. She writes, paints, cares for her husband, and spends time with her granddaughter.