By Masao Doi, U.S. Cyber Command Public Affairs
Army Col. Timothy A. Chafos assumed command of the Joint Intelligence Operations Center, U.S. Cyber Command, from Navy Capt. Michael W. Studeman during a change-of-command ceremony at U.S. Cyber Command on July 14.
Army Maj. Gen. Stephen G. Fogarty, acting deputy commander of USCYBERCOM and presiding officer of the ceremony, spoke highly of Studeman’s accomplishments.
“You’ve made a difference and you’ve driven significant change for the JIOC,” Fogarty said. “Mike’s contributions enabled the JIOC to advance campaign plans, improve operations, rapidly support crisis action, strengthen relationships with key partners, and empower better decision-making across U.S. Cyber Command and the intelligence community.”
Studeman took command of the JIOC in July 2016.
“Any success attributed to a commanding officer attributes to the rest of the team,” Studeman said. “We have an amazing mission in an exciting time. There are great people working it.”
Selected for promotion to rear admiral, Studeman will be the director of intelligence at U.S. Southern Command in Miami.
In welcoming JIOC’s new commander, Fogarty spoke about the leadership qualities of Chafos, who served as the executive assistant to the USCYBERCOM commander before taking command.
“He is a talented, experienced, decisive and caring leader,” Fogarty said. “He understands how to effectively lead civilians and military. In short, he is the perfect officer to lead the JIOC in the next stage in its evolution.”
A career military intelligence officer, Chafos commanded the 470th Military Intelligence Brigade and previously served in the USCYBERCOM Directorate of Intelligence at Fort Meade.
Chafos expressed his appreciation for being entrusted to command again, particularly to Navy Adm. Michael S. Rogers, commander of U.S. Cyber Command, director of the National Security Agency and chief of the Central Security Service.
“I’m grateful to Admiral Rogers for the opportunity to lead the JIOC,” Chafos said. “I’m pleased he saw fit to keep me on the team and have me perform in this role.”
Chafos turned his attention to the importance of the USCYBERCOM mission and acknowledged the challenge of a dynamic cyber environment and growing command.
In 2006, then Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld implemented the JIOC construct to operationalized military intelligence support at the combatant and sub-unified command level.
Consisting of Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, Coast Guardsmen, civilians and contractors, the USCYBERCOM JIOC team provides time-sensitive, all-source intelligence support to military cyberspace operations.
A sub-unified command under U.S. Strategic Command, USCYBERCOM defends the DoD information environment; provides mission assurance for DoD operations; and supports joint-force commander objectives globally.
“We have a very important mission at USCYBERCOM,” Chafos said. “We were always going to be challenged to sufficiently support cyberspace operations with intelligence … to go fast enough … to be first with the truth.
“… The fact that the command is growing and maturing … and the scope of what we’re involved in is growing, makes that challenge even greater.”
In the face of this challenge, Chafos expressed his confidence in the men and women of the JIOC.
“We have talented, motivated individuals,” he said. “I have every faith and confidence in the team and that you have what it takes to do the missions required from the command.”