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Definition Edit

Computer network attack operational preparation of the environment refers to

[o]perations conducted to gain or confirm access to, or both, and gather key information on the target network concerning the capabilities and configuration of targeted networks or systems and to facilitate target acquisition and target analysis in preparation for computer network attack or other offensive missions. These activities facilitate subsequent computer network attack or other offensive missions by identifying a window of opportunity when computer network attack or other offensive missions will be most likely to succeed. The authority to conduct computer network attack operational preparation of the environment is inherent in the authority to conduct computer network attack. This activity does not include the intentional acquisition of communications information for the purpose of foreign intelligence.[1]

References Edit

  1. GAO, Defense Department Cyber Efforts: DOD Faces Challenges In Its Cyber Activities 16 (GAO-11-75) (July 2011) (full-text).

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