Future conflict will likely unfold quickly and immediately initiate U.S. forces to move from current positions to theater. Therefore, readiness is key to success, and maintained equipment is a part of the preparation for these transitions to war fighting. That is a known fact.
Incrementally, over the last decades, cyber physical systems — which include all digital assets, computers and networking equipment — have been added to the inventory without a structured way to ensure the highest level of readiness. We propose that cyber maintenance is embedded in the maintenance cycle as any other military hardware. The cyber maintenance routine should go beyond the current checking of hardware against a ledger, and just capturing the presence of hardware, such as batteries, cables, switch boxes and antennas. What is important is to verify the actual functionality and the appropriate level of cybersecurity to ensure confidentiality, integrity and availability of these assets.
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