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War Game Confirms Major Gaps in U.S. Army’s Cyber Capabilities

  • Exercise documented vulnerabilities for new office to correct
  • ‘We need this’ to pursue solutions, operations director says

U.S. forces participating in a multinational war game were tested with a barrage of cyber attacks, electronic-warfare jamming and drones that confirmed major gaps in capabilities that must be remedied, according to a leader of an office dedicated to deploying new technologies quickly.

“We need this type of assessment,” Major General Walter Piatt, operations director of the Army’s new Rapid Capabilities Office, said of the exercise last month. It was critical “to set this up in the dirt of West Texas and the hands of real soldiers,” he added.