DOD's New Medal Recognizes Cyberwarfare Achievements - InformationWeek

InformationWeek is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

IoT
IoT
Government // Leadership
News
2/14/2013
11:45 PM
50%
50%

DOD's New Medal Recognizes Cyberwarfare Achievements

Distinguished Warfare Medal will be given to drone operators, cyberdefense pros and others for extraordinary, off-battlefield achievements.

Military Drones Present And Future: Visual Tour
Military Drones Present And Future: Visual Tour
(click image for larger view and for slideshow)
The Department of Defense has created a new medal to recognize "extraordinary achievements" in virtual and remote-controlled warfare.

Outgoing defense secretary Leon Panetta announced the award, the Distinguished Warfare Medal, at his last scheduled press conference as the Pentagon's top military official. The medal is intended to recognize the achievements of military personnel, such as drone operators and cyberdefense professionals, who contribute to combat operations from positions outside the battlefield.

"I've seen firsthand how modern tools like remotely piloted platforms and cyber systems have changed the way wars are fought," Panetta said. "They've given our men and women the ability to engage the enemy and change the course of battle, even from afar."

[ Want to know about how Congress' controversial cybersecurity information-sharing bill addresses privacy? See CISPA Cybersecurity Bill, Reborn: 6 Key Facts. ]

Technical advances have changed how the U.S. military conducts combat operations, Panetta said in a memo Wednesday outlining the criteria for awarding the Distinguished Warfare Medal. Those include "single acts of extraordinary achievement" during engagement with enemy forces and actions that "remove the enemy from the field of battle."

Over the past few years, the DOD has expanded its cyberwarfare capabilities with the launch of U.S. Cyber Command, and it's regularly using unmanned aerial vehicles in the war in Afghanistan. "This award recognizes the reality of the kind of technological warfare that we are engaged in, in the 21st century," Panetta said.

The medal will recognize exceptional accomplishments that occur "regardless of the domain used or the member's physical location." It ranks below the Distinguished Flying Cross and above the Bronze Star. The Distinguished Warfare Metal is not intended for acts of valor or physical risk.

Attend Interop Las Vegas May 6-10, and attend the most thorough training on Apple deployment at the NEW Mac & iOS IT Conference. Join us in Las Vegas for access to 125+ workshops and conference classes, 350+ exhibiting companies, and the latest technology. Use Priority Code TLIWEEK by March 2 to save an extra $100 off the early bird price of Conference Passes. Register for Interop today!

We welcome your comments on this topic on our social media channels, or [contact us directly] with questions about the site.
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Slideshows
11 Things IT Professionals Wish They Knew Earlier in Their Careers
Lisa Morgan, Freelance Writer,  4/6/2021
News
Time to Shift Your Job Search Out of Neutral
Jessica Davis, Senior Editor, Enterprise Apps,  3/31/2021
Commentary
Does Identity Hinder Hybrid-Cloud and Multi-Cloud Adoption?
Joao-Pierre S. Ruth, Senior Writer,  4/1/2021
White Papers
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
Video
Current Issue
Successful Strategies for Digital Transformation
Download this report to learn about the latest technologies and best practices or ensuring a successful transition from outdated business transformation tactics.
Slideshows
Flash Poll