Joint Cyberspace Operations – Strategy, Policy, and Doctrine

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     This two-day, non-technical cyberspace course is designed for leaders and personnel that team with Department of Defense (DoD) cyberspace organizations. It is an introductory course presenting National and DoD cyberspace strategies and policies as well as an overview of Joint cyberspace doctrine. It addresses Joint and Service cyberspace organizations focusing on cyberspace missions and actions. The course culminates with an overview of recent developments of Information Warfare and Information Advantage concepts.

     Joint and Service cyberspace organizations conduct DOD Information Network Operations (DODIN Ops), Defensive Cyberspace Operations (DCO), and Offensive Cyberspace Operations (OCO). These organizations build teams to accomplish mission objectives by combining one or more actions: Cyberspace Security, Defense, Exploitation, and Attack.

Attendees will gain a better understanding of Joint cyberspace terminology, operations, and organizations. Technical and tactical cyberspace experts can also benefit from this course by understanding how National and DoD policies and strategies guide their activities. Attendees will receive copies of the presentation along with some relevant white papers.

Course Outline:

Course Introduction:

  • Operational Design as an approach to understanding Cyberspace Operations
  • Terminology, definitions, and descriptions.

Understanding Strategic Direction and Guidance:

  • National and Defense Cyberspace Strategies
  • National Cyberspace Policy

Understanding the Environment:

  • Cyberspace Definitions and Descriptions
  • Unique Cyberspace Capabilities and Characteristics.

 Defining the Problem:

  • Cyberspace Challenges
  • Cyberspace Threats

Developing Cyberspace Missions: DODIN Ops, DCO, and OCO

  • Cyberspace Missions: DODIN Ops, DCO, and OCO
  • Cyberspace Actions: Cyberspace Security, Defense, Exploitation, and Attack

Cyberspace Organizations and Forces:

  • US Cyber Command and Service Components
  • Cyber Mission Force (CMF)

 Analysis: Cyberspace Defense of Ukraine:

  • Private Sector Support
  • International Cooperation


Ben Leitzel [pronounced “light-zul”] (Colonel, USAF Retired) recently retired from the United States Army War College where he was an Assistant Professor, Chief of the Cyberspace Division, and Chair of the Cyberspace Working Group. He entered the Air Force in 1982 after he graduated from Parks College of Saint Louis University with a degree in Aeronautical Administration. He is a graduate of Navigator Training, Electronic Warfare Officer Training, Squadron Officer School, Air Command and Staff College, and the Air War College.


Prior to his arrival at the Army War College, he was assigned to the Joint Forces Staff College, where he instructed and was chief of the Joint Planning Orientation Division. Previous non-command assignments include service as a US European Command J-5 Staff Officer, 28th Operations Support Squadron Operations Officer, B-1B Weapon Systems Officer, and B-52 Electronic Warfare Officer.


He commanded Detachment 1, Air Combat Command Training Support Squadron at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona. He is an experienced combat aviator and was hand-picked to fly the first B-1 combat mission during Operation ALLIED FORCE, flying a total of 16 combat sorties. His crew earned Eighth Air Force’s General Ira C. Eaker Award for outstanding airmanship. While assigned to the Army War College, he deployed to Afghanistan as the NATO ISAF Director of Air Plans.


After retiring from active duty, he continued to support professional military education as an Assistant Professor at the Saudi War College and U.S. Army War College.


Mr. Leitzel holds a Master’s Degree in Aviation Management from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. His awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, Defense Meritorious Service Medal with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster, Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, Operation Enduring Freedom and Kosovo Campaign Medals, and the NATO Medal.

What You Will Learn:

  • Taxonomy: Joint cyberspace terminology to understand and communicate with DoD cyberspace personnel.
  • Who: Joint and Service Cyberspace Organizations
  • What: Cyberspace Missions and Actions
  • When: Integrating and synchronizing Joint Cyberspace Operations with other organizations and operations
  • Where: Cyberspace Layers and Areas (Red, Blue, and Gray)
  • How: DODIN Operations, DCO, and OCO
  • Why: National and Defense Cyberspace Policies and Strategies



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