|U.S. Marine Corps Forces Cyberspace Command|
|Active||January 21, 2010 – present|
|Country||United States of America|
|Branch||United States Marine Corps|
|Part of|| U.S. Cyber Command|
U.S. Space Command
|Garrison/HQ||Fort Meade, Maryland, U.S.|
|Motto(s)||Semper in proelio|
|Commander||MajGen Ryan P. Heritage|
|Sergeant Major||SgtMaj Jay D. Williamson|
The U.S. Marine Corps Forces Cyberspace Command (abbreviated as MARFORCYBER) is a functional formation of the United States Marine Corps to protect critical infrastructure from cyberattack. Marine Corps Forces Cyberspace Command is the Marine Corps component to U.S. Cyber Command. It comprises a command element, the Marine Corps Cyber Operations Group, and the Marine Corps Cyber Warfare Group, a total of approximately 800 personnel. MARFORCYBER was established on January 21, 2010 under the command of LtGen George J. Flynn,. As of 7 July 2021, MajGen Ryan P. Heritage is in command.
The Secretary of Defense recognized the significance of the cyberspace domain to national security, and directed the establishment of CYBERCOM as a sub-unified command under STRATCOM. CYBERCOM's primary objective is to integrate the cyberspace operations capabilities of the services and agencies in support of the National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace (NSSC).
In response, the Marine Corps established MARFORCYBER in October 2009 (this was complemented by the standing up of the Fleet Cyber Command, U.S. Army Cyber Command (ARCYBER), and Air Force Cyberspace Command (AFCYBER). MARFORCYBER's mission, in addition to its standard service component responsibilities, is to: plan, coordinate, integrate, synchronize, and direct the Corps' full spectrum of cyberspace operations. This includes Department of Defense (DoD) Information Network (DoDIN) operations, Defensive Cyber Operations (DCO), and planning and, when required, executing Offensive Cyberspace Operations (OCO). These operations support MAGTF, Joint and combined cyberspace requirements that enable freedom of action across all warfighting domains and deny the same to adversarial forces.
MCCOG directs global Network Operations (NETOPS) and computer network defense of the Marine Corps Enterprise Network (MCEN) and to provide technical leadership in support of Marine and joint forces operating worldwide. The MCCOG is also responsible for intelligence gathering and analysis to develop future capabilities planning in accordance with DCO.
The MCCOG is the Computer Network Defense Service Provider (CNDSP) and serves as the Corps' Global Network Operations and Security Center (GNOSC). The MCCOG provides 24/7 NETOPS C2 through its Operations Center. Under the OPCON (operational command) of MARFORCYBER, the MCCOG executes Information NETOPS and DCO in support of operational requirements in order to enhance freedom of action across all warfighting domains, while denying the efforts of adversaries to degrade or disrupt this advantage through cyberspace.
Key MCCOG tasks include:
MCCYWG is an administrative headquarters that organizes, trains, equips, provides administrative support, manages readiness of assigned forces, and recommends certification and presentation of Cyber Mission Force (CMF) Teams to U.S. Cyber Command.
Key MCCYWG tasks include:
|Portrait||Name||Took office||Left office||Term length|
George J. Flynn
|21 January 2010||2013||~2 years, 346 days|
Vincent R. Stewart
|2013||21 January 2015||~2 years, 20 days|
Daniel J. O'Donohue
|21 January 2015||September 2015||~223 days|
|September 2015||2 July 2018||~2 years, 304 days|
|2 July 2018||7 July 2021||3 years, 5 days|
Ryan P. Heritage
|7 July 2021||Incumbent||146 days|