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US Marines Deploy to Japan in Pioneering Cyber Defense Mission

Defensive cyber operations

US Marines Deploy to Japan in Pioneering Cyber Defense Mission

U.S. Marine Corps Forces Cyber Command personnel have deployed to Okinawa, Japan, in a move to enhance cybersecurity for units operating worldwide.  

The deployment marks the first implementation of a new rotational force concept that integrates defensive cyber specialists within tactical and operational units across geographic combatant commands, DVIDS reported.

In the Western Pacific, the deployed team will work alongside defensive cyber operations Marines assigned to the III Marine Expeditionary Force. Their mission is to improve the security of critical infrastructure and systems, thereby fostering seamless unit operations and strengthening Marine Corps and joint networks.

Through the pioneering deployment, MARFORCYBER also aims to enhance network resilience for units operating in complex environments.

“Cyber defense is crucial, and as our capabilities continually mature, it is important that we support the warfighters and units tasked with ensuring our competitive edge throughout the globe,” said Maj. Gen. Ryan P. Heritage, commander of MARFORCYBER.

The mission will also provide an opportunity to refine tactics for countering future cyberthreats, supporting the Marine Corps’ development of expeditionary warfare concepts.

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Category: Cybersecurity

Tags: cyber rotational force concept cybersecurity Japan Marine Corps Forces Cyberspace Command Ryan Heritage US Marine Corps Forces Pacific William Jurney