U.S. Marine Corps Forces Reserve


U.S. Marine Corps Forces Reserve

Augment. Support. Reinforce.

2000 Opelousas Ave., New Orleans, LA. 70114
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Have the skills? Write to us and introduce yourself.

Background: The Marine Corps Reserve provides trained units and individual Marines to augment and reinforce active forces for employment across the full spectrum of crisis and global engagement. The US military is facing an increasingly contested operational environment, including operations in and through cyberspace. Marine Corps Defensive Cyberspace Operations (DCO) are part of a broader information environment spanning many domains, operations, and related capabilities (e.g. computer network attack, electronic warfare, information operations, and military deception). 

Purpose: Company B provides Defensive Cyberspace Operations-Internal Defensive Measures in support to Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group (MHG), Marine component headquarters, and/or a Combined/Joint Task Force headquarters (C/JTF HQ) in order to enable and enhance the warfighting abilities of a Marine Commander.

Situation: Information-related weapons are increasingly common and lethal on the battlefield. For example, in 2007 the Israelis purportedly employed cyber capabilities and electronic attack to suppress an enemy air defense network to destroy a suspected nuclear facility. More recently in Ukraine, Russia purportedly employed electronic warfare to target Ukrainian formations using long-range fires. Russian information operations purportedly continue to manipulate public opinions to shape the operational environment. Going forward, we must understand how new technologies, such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, autonomous systems, robotics, electronic warfare, cyber warfare, and social media will impact military cyberspace capabilities. With respect to the defense of our interconnected military systems, the demand signal is clear: we need more.

DCO-IDM Definition: According to Joint Publication 3-12, Defensive Cyberspace Operations-Internal Defensive Measures (DCO-IDM) are the form of DCO mission where authorized defense actions occur within the defended network or portion of cyberspace. DCO-IDM of the Department of Defense information network (DODIN) is authorized by standing order and includes cyberspace defense actions to dynamically reconfirm or reestablish the security of degraded, compromised, or otherwise threatened DOD cyberspace to ensure sufficient access to enable military missions. For compromised DODIN elements, specific tactics include rerouting, reconstituting, restoring, or isolation. Most DCO missions are DCO-IDM, which include proactive and aggressive internal threat hunting for advanced and/or persistent threats, as well as the active internal countermeasures and responses used to eliminate these threats and mitigate their effects. For example, Cyber Protection Teams (CPT) operations conducted on key terrain in cyberspace for mission-critical assets in response to indications of malicious cyberspace activity are DCO-IDM missions, even before indicators of compromise are apparent. 

Training: Our training efforts focus on three mission assurance actions:
1) Protect and defend against anticipated attacks using appropriate response actions
2) Hunt for advanced threats 
3) Respond and recover from cyber attack

Talent: The Marine Corps requires new capabilities and added capacity to “fight tonight” in the cyber domain, especially at the tactical level. The Marine Corps Reserve offers rare and valuable skills and experience found in a growing number of Reservists who work in cyber roles among hundreds of civilian employers.  Some of these Marines possess unique expertise for which there will never be a military schoolhouse or training course. The Marine Corps Reserve is working hard to establish a competency-based Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) certification path for Reservists with qualifying civilian experience, education, and/or training. For example, Marines with the following civilian job titles may be valuable to our teams:
Software Engineer
Network Engineer
Data Scientist
Penetration Tester
Incident Responder
Forensics Investigator
Malware Analyst
Reverse Engineer
Security Operations Analyst
Vulnerability Manager
Identity/Access Manager
Security Architect
Cloud Architect
Domain Administrator

Tradecraft: In terms of equipment and tradecraft, DCO employs a variety of custom, commercial, and government tools using an adaptive approach.

Have the skills? Write to us and introduce yourself - we will look forward to talking with you. Feel free to send along your GitHub page, cyber experience, or original research. The DCO-IDM team is made up of geeks, cyber professionals, innovators, and information technology leaders.

Innovation Imperative: General Gray, 29th Commandant of the Marine Corps, reminded us “the Fleet Marine Force Manual 1 (FMFM 1) stated, ‘War is both timeless and ever-changing. While the basic nature of war is constant, the means and methods we use evolve continuously.’ Like war itself, our approach to warfighting must evolve. If we cease to refine, expand, and improve our profession, we risk becoming outdated, stagnant, and defeated.”

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Captain Heywood enlisted in the Marine Corps in July 1999, and upon graduation from MCRD, Parris Island, Captain Heywood reported to the Defense Language Institute (DLI) in Presidio of Monterey, CA where he conducted Arabic language studies.
  Following his graduation from DLI in 2001, he reported to the Marine Detachment in Goodfellow Air Force base for follow on Cryptologic training.

Upon completion of the Cryptologic training, Captain Heywood reported to Radio Reconnaissance Platoon, 2nd Radio Bn where he began the Radio Reconnaissance Indoctrination Program (RRIP). After completion of the RRIP,
 Captain Heywood, continued with the reconnaissance pipeline training, graduating from the Amphibious Reconnaissance School (ARS), Army Airborne School, and Survival Evasion Resistance Escape (SERE) school.

In 2003,
Captain Heywood served as lead Arabic Cryptologic Linguist and Pointman on a Radio Reconnaissance Team deployed to Iraq ISO of OIF. In 2004, Captain Heywood served as Team Leader for the Radio Reconnaissance Team onboard the 22nd MEU deployed to Afghanistan ISO OEF. After voluntarily extending his enlistment twice on the deployment, and returning back to the United States November 2004, Captain Heywood ended his active service to pursue college studies.May 2008, Captain Heywood received a Bachelors of Science in Computer Science from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, graduating at the top his class with summa cum laude honors. Captain Heywood continued to the private sector to develop software for commercial and military aviation platforms.  In 2009 Captain Heywood began making preparations to return to the Marine Corps Reserves as a commissioned officer.

March 2010,
Captain Heywood graduated Officer Candidate School and received a direct reserve commission as a Second Lieutenant in the Marine Corps Reserves.  After graduating The Basic School (TBS) November 2010, and earning the Iron Mike Award, Captain Heywood reported to the Marine Combat Engineer School in Camp Lejeune, NC to attend the Combat Engineer Officer course.

April 2011,
Captain Heywood graduated from the Combat Engineer Officer course, and reported to C Co. 4th Combat Engineer Battalion (CEB), 4th MARDIV where he served as Platoon Commander and XO from 2011 - 2013 in the Selected Marine Corps Reserve (SMCR).  In his civilian capacity, Captain Heywood performed cyberspace capability development for a variety of organizations within the Intelligence Community (IC), and began his graduate studies in Computer Science.

Towards the end of his tour with C Co. 4th
CEB, Captain Heywood was selected to mobilize ISO Marine Corps Forces Cyberspace Command (MFCY).  From 2014 - 2016, Capt Heywood was mobilized on Active Duty orders and served as a Cyber Research and Development Officer and Combat Support Team Leader leading development of cyber capabilities for the emerging Marine Cyber Mission Force. While assigned to MFCY, he completed a Master of Science in Computer Science with cum laude honors from Drexel University, PA, and attended the Marine Intelligence Officer Course, concluding an MOS lateral move and becoming an Intelligence Officer.

Upon completion of his mobilization, October 2016, Captain Heywood reported to the Office of Marine Forces Reserve G-9 assuming the role as Cyberspace Planner where he supported the build out of the defensive cyberspace capability in the SMCR .  In October 2018, Captain Heywood was selected to assume his current role as Company Commander, B Co, Defensive Cyberspace Operations, Force Headquarters Group, Marine Forces Reserve.

 TitleOwnerCategoryModified DateSize 
Joint Publication 3-12 Cyberspace OperationsMichael Hallinan 1/7/20191.78 MBDownload
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