What's this whole "Cyber" thing?

In this context, Cyber refers to personnel in the CMF who conduct network operations.

Let's take a look at some definitions focused on DoD/Army Cyber Operations.

  • CMF is the US National Cyber Mission Force. It includes both offensive and defensive cyber teams.
  • OCO refers to Offensive Cyber Operations.
  • DCO refers to Defensive Cyber Operations.
  • CPT is a Cyber Protection Team. CPTs conduct DCO. It could also be the rank abbreviation for Captain.
  • NMT is a National Mission Team. NMTs also provide DCO but at a more significant level.
  • CMT is a Combat Mission Team. CMTs provide OCO.
  • CST is a Combat Support Team. CSTs assist NMTs and CSTs execute operations.
  • CVE is a Common Vulnerability and Exposure. That's Cyber-speak for a security hole. The general process is to find a hole, notify the manufacturer under due dilligence so they can produce and push a patch, and then publish findings so end users can mitigate. Getting a CVE published is kind of a huge deal.
  • 17A, 17B, 17D, 170A, 170B, 170D are 17-series Army Cyber work roles (MOS/AOC). 17A is a Cyber Officer. 17B is an Electromagnetic Warrant Officer. 170A is a Cyber Warrant Officer Technician. 170B is a Electromagnetic Warrant Officer. The D series is under construction and those Soldiers will be Cyber Developers with a new professional development track.
  • 35D, 35E, 35F, 35G are Intelligence Officers focusing on All-Source, Counterintelligence, Human, and Signals Intelligence respectively.
  • 25A, 255N, 255A are Signal-series experts. 25A is a Signal Officer. 255N is a Network Management Technician Warrant. 255A is a Information Systems Technician Warrant.
  • 26A, 26B are Signal funcional areas. 26A (formerly FA24) is a Network Systems Engineer. 26B (formerly FA53) is an Information Systems Engineer.