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JACK VOLTAIC® Research Reports


During the period of August 29-31 2016, the Army Cyber Institute (ACI) in conjunction with Citigroup, executed a major city, multi sector, public private cyber exercise called JACK VOLTAIC® (JV). It was the first step in building a framework to prepare, prevent, and respond to multi-sector cyberattacks on major cities. JACK VOLTAIC® was a research experiment in the form of a cyber exercise that involved players from multiple sectors, including first responders, emergency management, transportation, telecommunications, power, water, finance and healthcare. The exercise included two parallel tracks consisting of: 1) an on-range network defender versus attacker live-fire exercise (LFX), and 2) a facilitated table-top exercise (TTX) among sector leadership focused on events occurring in the virtual range play. The goal was to exercise and observe a city’s ability, to collaborate in a coordinated respond in any cyber-attacks.


The JACK VOLTAIC® 2.0 Cyber Research Project is an innovative, bottom-up approach to developing critical infrastructure resilience. Developed by the Army Cyber Institute at West Point and hosted by the City of Houston, in partnership with AECOM and Circadence, this research assembled critical infrastructure partners to study cybersecurity and protection gaps.


The objective of the JACK VOLTAIC® 2.5 Cyber Workshop Series is to engage the owners of high priority Department of Defense (DoD) critical infrastructure owners as well as municipality leaders on the topic of the key relationships between commercial critical infrastructure and DoD critical missions. In support of these objectives, AECOM and the Army Cyber Institute, in conjunction with the Department of Homeland Security National Exercise Division will conduct a series of one day training workshops to share insights from JACK VOLTAIC® 2.0 and discuss how similar efforts have the potential to strengthen the cyber resiliency of DoD missions. These workshops will cover the findings and recommendations of the JACK VOLTAIC® 2.0 exercise held in Houston, TX on 24-26 July, 2018 and help scope requirements for the JACK VOLTAIC® 3.0 activity in 2020.


The third experiment in the JACK VOLTAIC® series aligned with DEFENDER 2020 through the use a regionally-focused scenario where civilian infrastructure influences military deployment. Charleston, SC, and Savannah, GA, are key locations that support force projection and represented prime candidates for this third iteration. By conducting JACK VOLTAIC® 3.0, both cities had an opportunity to rehearse, refine, and demonstrate their cyber response capabilities through multi-echelon partnerships.

The final research products from JACK VOLTAIC® 3.0 can be found here:


For more information about any of the JACK VOLTAIC® events, JACK VOLTAIC® research, or materials relating to JACK VOLTAIC®, please contact: aci_jack_voltaic [@] westpoint.edu. JACK VOLTAIC® is a registred trademark of the United States Army.

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