Minutes later, the ship’s tactical action officer (TAO) receives a report of multiple incoming ASCMs on multiple vectors. He immediately gives the order to launch a salvo of standard missiles. Several of the ASCMs are destroyed, but a few continue inbound, heading rapidly toward the destroyer. With the remaining ASCMs inside the minimum range of the standard missile, the TAO orders electronic countermeasures and engagement with the ship’s close-in weapon system (CIWS). In the seconds that follow, every ASCM is destroyed with the exception of a single leaker, which impacts the ship close to the waterline.
From Readiness to Resiliency
The newly established Task Force Cyber Awakening has created a novel strategy to enhance the Navy’s ‘cyber posture.’The 1MC on board a U.S. Navy destroyer comes alive with an intelligence report that high-speed patrol boats from “Country Orange” armed with antiship cruise missiles (ASCMs) are operating in the vicinity. The report indicates that heightened tension may lead the adversarial nation to attack U.S. naval vessels in the region. General Quarters is sounded immediately after the 1MC announcement and the ship sets material condition ZEBRA, securing system and compartment accesses, to limit the extent of possible battle damage.
By Lieutenant Commander Brian A. Evans, U.S. Navy, and Pratik Joshi