AFCEA Hawaii was honored to welcome RDML Kathleen Creighton, U.S. Pacific Command J6. RDML Creighton spoke on leading in cyber, and the dynamic experience it has been to operate in the warfare area of cyber. She compared it to “building the airplane while we’re building the airport, but while we’re performing combat missions.” She emphasized the significance of relationships from the perspective from the USPACOM/J6 view of the world. RDML Creighton’s role is focused around managing relationships and exercising leadership. The areas of focus include assuring C2 in a communications degraded environment, maturing PACOM cyber operations, and engaging mission partners. The challenge for J6 is synchronizing across components. Maturing cyber operations include the various cyber teams involved, relationships in the organizations, and knowing how to collaborate together as cyber is getting more and more play in traditional exercises. The intelligence to support Cyber Operations has been lacking but is starting to grow, and utilizes resources on the island. Mission partners face the same adversaries and the relationships and engagement with them has been key.
Distinguished TNAP 2015 volunteers recognized: Col Richard S. Palmieri, USAF; Lt Col Kyle Grygo, USAF