U.S. Marine Corps: You’ve Been Hacked – Serco Compromised The Defense Red Switch Network – Hit Teams Infiltrating Marine Air Ground Task Force Training Systems? – Future ‘Green-On-Blue’ Attacks
Attn: United States Marine Corps
General Joseph Dunford (next Commandant of the US Marine Corps):
re: Forensic evidence suggests Serco has compromised the Defense Red Switch Network and is now in a position to infiltrate hit teams into the Marine Air Ground Task Force Training Systems for future ‘green-on-blue’ attacks.
The Defense Red Switch Network (DRSN) is a dedicated telephone network which provides global secure communication services for the command and control structure of the United States Armed Forces. The network is maintained by the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) and is secured for communications up to the level of Top Secret SCI.
“Serco Awarded $18 Million Marine Training Systems Support Contract
RESTON, VIRGINIA – February 28, 2014 – Serco Inc., a provider of professional, technology, and management services, announced the award of a new contract to provide training support to the US Marine Corps (USMC). The Marine Air Ground Task Force (MAGTF) Training Systems Support contract has a one-year base period and one six-month option period valued at nearly $18 million, if the option is exercised.
Under this contract, Serco will support Combat Instructor School training, systems integrations and operations in a classroom and operations center environment in support of MAGTF Staff Training Program Division-sponsored and supported events. Serco will deliver collaborative tools and web development for garrison and tactical event environments. Training support will include warfighting skills and seminars, mission rehearsal exercises, C2 systems, and combat simulation. Serco expects to hire over 100 new employees to support this contract at 6 sites around the world.
“The Marines mission is critical to our national security and we are proud to support them on this effort,” said Dan Allen, Serco Inc.’s Chairman and Chief Executive officer. “Serco is known around the world for the quality of our training programs. We look forward to putting our experience to work for the Marines and to support their vital training requirements.”
Personnel and Readiness is a key capability within Serco’s market offering. The company provides training and simulation to over 1,000 students a month at the US Army Maneuver Center of Excellence in Fort Benning, GA. At Fort Benning, Serco conducts and supports integrated and immersive tactical training exercises up to Brigade level using Live, Virtual, and Constructive Gaming (LVC-G) systems. Serco utilizes integrated exercise systems like Command Post of the Future (CPoF), Future Battle Command Brigade and Below (FBCB2), Army Battle Command Systems (ABCS) and Virtual Battlespace II (VBS2).
About Serco Inc.: Serco Inc. is a leading provider of professional, technology, and management services. We advise, design, integrate, and deliver solutions that transform how clients achieve their missions. Our customer-first approach, robust portfolio of services, and global experience enable us to respond with solutions that achieve outcomes with value. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Serco Inc. has approximately 10,000 employees and an annual revenue of $1.2 billion. Serco Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Serco Group plc, a $7.5 billion international business that helps transform government and public services around the world. More information about Serco Inc. can be found at www.serco-na.com.”
“US names Army general to replace Marine Gen Dunford as new Afghanistan commander
Published: June 25, 2014
General Joseph Dunford of the US Marine Corps will be replaced by US Army General John Cambell.
WASHINGTON: Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel on Tuesday nominated an army officer who commanded troops in volatile eastern Afghanistan to take over command of the US-led force in the country.
General John Campbell was named to succeed General Joe Dunford as head of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), which is now in the midst of a major withdrawal, the Pentagon said in a statement.
The international force will withdraw from Afghanistan by the end of the year, with a small contingent of 9,800 US troops and a few thousand soldiers from NATO allies due to remain on the ground in 2015.
Campbell previously led troops in the 101st Airborne Division in eastern Afghanistan in 2010-2011, when US forces were engaged in heavy fighting with Afghan insurgents.
Hagel also nominated Admiral Bill Gortney to be the next chief of Northern Command, which oversees troops in the United States, and named Lieutenant General Joseph Votel, currently head of Joint Special Operations Command, to take over as the next commander of US Special Operations Command.
The nominations must still be confirmed by the US Senate.
Dunford, the outgoing commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan, has been named as the next commandant of the US Marine Corps.
Dunford currently commands about 32,800 American troops and 17,700 allied soldiers deployed in the country.
United States, which led an invasion in 2001 to topple the Taliban regime after the 9/11 attacks, plans to withdraw all of its forces by the end of 2016.”