780th Military Intelligence Brigade (United States)
|780th Military Intelligence Brigade|
|Country||United States of America|
|Garrison/HQ||Fort Meade, Maryland|
|Nickname(s)||780th MI Brigade|
|Website||780th MIB Home Page|
|Current Commander||Colonel Brian Vile|
|Command Sergeant Major||Command Sergeant Major James Krog|
|Distinctive Unit Insignia|
The 780th Military Intelligence Brigade conducts signals intelligence and cyberspace operations to create operational effects in and through the cyberspace domain to gain and maintain freedom of action required to support the United States Army and Joint requirements while denying the same to their adversaries.
Our Story: 780th Military Intelligence Brigade
- The 780th Military Intelligence Brigade (MI BDE) (Cyber) was activated on October 1, 2011, as a Major Subordinate Command under the U.S. Army Intelligence & Security Command (INSCOM), while also serving under the operational control of U.S. Army Cyber Command (ARCYBER). The 780th MI BDE is the only offensive cyberspace operations brigade in the U.S. Army and we actively fight alongside our Joint partners to achieve U.S. supremacy in an increasingly contested cyberspace and electromagnetic spectrum.
- The history of the 780th MI BDE dates back to 1998, when the 704th MI BDE was tasked to develop a computer network operations force for the Army. In June 1998, B Company, 742nd MI Battalion answered that call.
- In June 2000, Detachment Meade, 742nd MI Battalion was established to sustain the growing need for an Army computer network operations force. Detachment Meade was re-designated as the Army Network Warfare Detachment in 2007 and later as the Computer Network Operations Task Force. In June 2008 the Task Force was again re-designated as the Army Network Warfare Battalion (Provisional). The following year the battalion moved beyond its provisional status and was designated the 744th MI Battalion (Army Network Warfare Battalion).
- In December 2010, the Army approved the establishment of a cyberspace operations brigade, and on October 1, 2011, the 780th MI BDE was organized. Subsequently, the 744th MI Battalion was re-designated as the 781st MI Battalion and re-organized under the new brigade. The 780th MI BDE officially unfurled its colors for the first time during a ceremony at Fort Meade, Maryland on December 1, 2011.
- The brigade began building a second battalion headquartered at Fort Gordon, Georgia in 2011 culminating with the stand-up and designation of the 782nd MI Battalion in June 2012. Detachments Texas and Hawaii were organized as part of the 782nd MI Battalion in 2013 and 2014, respectively, giving the brigade a footprint in four states in support of multiple operational headquarters.
- In May 2014, the 780th MI BDE became the operational arm for the ARCYBER Cyber Electromagnetic Activities (CEMA) Support to Corps and Below (CSCB) program to integrate cyberspace operations at the Army's combat training centers. Since then, the brigade has pioneered the Army's effort for cyberspace operations in support of maneuver forces and shaped the future of how the Army will fight and win in cyberspace.
- Since the brigade's inception, the 780th Military Intelligence Brigade's mission has increased in scope, scale, and complexity. The unit is known among ARCYBER, U.S. Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM), and senior Army leaders as a world class cyberspace operations force capable of providing a ready force, developing capabilities required to meet expanding requirements, and delivering effects at the time and place of the operational commanders' choosing.
According to the 780th Military Intelligence Brigade's commander Colonel Brian D. Vile, "We are America's most innovative cyberspace operations force, deterring, and when directed, defeating our nation's adversaries in and through cyberspace".
The 780th Military Intelligence (MI) Brigade (Praetorians) consists of the Headquarters and Headquarters Company (Hastati), 781st MI Battalion, and the 782nd MI Battalion.
- The 781st Military Intelligence Battalion (Vanguard), officially activated on July 2, 2008 under the former name of the Army Network Warfare Battalion, is headquartered at Fort Meade, Maryland. In October 2011, the battalion was re-designated the 781st MI Battalion and assigned to the newly activated 780th MI Brigade in the culmination of over ten years of work to establish the Army's cyberspace operations capability.
- The 782nd Military Intelligence Battalion (Cyber Legion), officially activated on June 7, 2013, is headquartered at Fort Gordon, Georgia, and works in collaboration with the 706th Military Intelligence Group. Under the command of the 782nd MI Battalion, operational detachments are employed in Texas and Hawaii.
- The Cyber Solutions Development Detachment was established on July 25, 2017. The Detachment focuses on innovative solutions across the spectrum of cyberspace operations.
- Task Force Echo (TFE), a unit composed of U.S. Army National Guard (ARNG) Soldiers, was established on August 15, 2017 when they officially began their training to become an integral part of ARCYBER under the 780th MI Brigade. In the past two years, more than 300 ARNG Soldiers have been assigned to TFE and have worked with the 780th MI BDE to conduct cyberspace operations in support of USCYBERCOM and the Cyber National Mission Force.
- The 915th Cyber Warfare Support Battalion (CWSB) was officially activated and assigned under ARCYBER on January 1, 2019, and is headquartered at Fort Gordon, Georgia. 915th CWSB Soldiers wear the ARCYBER patch. However, the 780th MI Brigade was given command authority by ARCYBER in order to assist the activation process, providing the CWSB with initial command support. This relationship will continue for the foreseeable future.
- Military Intelligence Corps (United States Army)
- United States Army Intelligence and Security Command
- Battlefield surveillance brigades in the United States Army – the United States Army is currently reorganizing its intelligence formations into Battlefield Surveillance Brigades (BfSB).
- Tina Miles, 780th MI Brigade (9 Dec 2011). "Army activates first-of-its-kind Cyber Brigade". www.army.mil. Retrieved 11 Feb 2012.