Offensive Cyber for the Tactical Maritime Commander
By Lieutenant Commander Brian Evans, U.S. Navy, and Rick Lanchantin
The carrier’s flight deck and hangar bay are awash in activity as preparations are made for a large force strike by the air wing. The objective of the strike is the destruction of a number of inland time-sensitive targets. Intelligence indicates that the flight profile for the strike package passes over a number of enemy surface-to-air missile (SAM) sites evaluated as having been destroyed. However, as preparations continue, indications and warnings suggest that those SAM sites have been repaired and reactivated, or reconstituted by relocation of similar enemy assets from elsewhere. The commander must now make a choice: accept the additional risk from the SAMs and proceed with the mission as planned, or attempt to mitigate the risk.