DoD officials have said the Unified Platform is one of U.S. Cyber Command's largest and most critical acquisition programs to date. Industry officials have said it is necessary to conduct cyber operations and is critical to national security.
A top analyst's statement comes after a string of high-profile North Korean attacks on financial institutions in Latin America and a summit with President Donald Trump.
Just as sailors rely on an aircraft carrier, pilots need airplanes or soldiers need tanks, cyber warriors require a system to which they launch their attacks. Pentagon leaders have said the Unified Platform will house offensive and defensive tools, allow for command and control, situational awareness and planning. Industry officials have referred to the programs as a "cyber carrier" used to launch cyber operations and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance.