Army trains with USARPAC on cybersecurity operations

The Philippine Army (PA) is beefing up its cyber defense capabilities as it trains with the US Army Pacific Command (USARPAC) on cybersecurity operations under an intensified defense and security cooperation between the two forces.

The PA said the five-day bilateral activity, which will run until June 4, is aimed at developing its cyber capabilities and competencies in conducting defensive cyber-operations and active defense operations.

The activity is part of the “agreed-to-actions” under the five-year engagement plan of both armies.

The cybersecurity training is being conducted through lectures, demonstration of various cyber tools and hands-on practical exercises.

A total of 60 Army cyber work force and two personnel from the Communications, Electronics and Information Systems Service, Armed Forces of the Philippines (CEISSAFP) as well as five USARPAC personnel are taking part in the activity.

PA Commanding General Lt. Gen. Romeo Brawner Jr. said that the bilateral activity would help fortify the Army’s cyberdefense capabilities through the development of competencies and skills of the Army’s cyber work force.

Brawner stressed that developing a credible and responsive defense posture that could effectively deal fast-evolving threats entails the continuous enhancement of the Army’s cyber-related capabilities.

Meanwhile, the Joint Task Force (JTF) Sulu with its Army, Air Force and Navy components conducted the Joint Training Exercise (JTX) “Lupah Sug 03-2022” in the island municipality of Siasi, Sulu to boost its war fighting skills and capabilities.

“The JTX enhances teamwork. Through JTX, we were able to hone our basic core competency of war fighting and it strengthened our camaraderie as we perform our respective duties and responsibilities,” said Maj. Gen. Ignatius Patrimonio, commander of the 11th Infantry Division and JTF Sulu.

More than 500 troops from the Army, Navy and Air Force, he added, participated in the JTX utilizing the modern air, naval and ground assets of the military.

“We were able to improve the inter-operability of our units, and we were able to enhance our systems and processes in responding to different battlefield scenarios,” Patrimonio said. Rene

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