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Title: The Third Offset and a Fifth Domain?

Author: Craig Jackson and Robert Templeman

Abstract: Can contemporary cybersecurity requirements and game-changing innovation co-exist in today’s complex Navy? The addition of Cyber, the fifth warfighting domain, has changed the scope of the Navy’s mission and is placing new strains on our diplomatic, warfighting, legal, and budgetary processes. Cybersecurity processes and techniques are increasingly critical to our warfighting missions, but they can also inhibit the pace and potential for high impact, game-changing innovation.

Throughout its history, the Navy has shown the ability of innovation to change the game when our security is on the line.

Our study of the Navy’s history tells us that legacy must continue, even more so now that we face the cyber domain. While cyber risk management is challenging, the Navy’s transition from DoD Information Assurance Certification and Accreditation Process (DIACAP) to the Risk Management Framework (RMF) has the potential to harmonize our cybersecurity efforts with our need for (and proven ability to provide) game-changing strategies, tactics, and technologies. Our paper and presentation will review relevant analogues in naval history, explain key techniques and pitfalls of risk management process, and offer recommendations on ways to enable innovation now that we face a fifth domain.