Cyber Warriors Will Be Embedded in Military Commands

Troops fighting in the growing combat area of cyberspace will operate from keyboards situated within each geographic military command, Cyber Command officials said.

The 900-member Maryland-based organization that is subordinate to the Nebraska-headquartered Strategic Command could mushroom from 900 to 4,900 cybersecurity professionals, sequester permitting. While the locations of the personnel have been decided, the size and composition of the workforce have not.

Each military service has distinct cyber support needs, officials said, and Cyber Command, like many information technology outfits, is suffering from a talent shortage. There also is the wild factor of looming budget cuts that begin on Friday unless lawmakers compromise on deficit-reduction legislation.

The cyberfighters, responsible for attacking the computers of adversaries and protecting Pentagon networks, are geographically embedded, “actually out there with all the other commands,” Maj. Gen. Jennifer Napper, Cyber Command director of plans and policy, told Nextgov. “We work with every single one of the other CoComs.” She was interviewed offstage after a Feb. 22 discussion on cyber defense teamwork hosted by the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association.

The unknown mix of civilians, contractors and uniformed service members will sit behind consoles at the Pacific Command’s Hawaii station and every other Defense Department base.

As far as staff makeup, “each service is helping to decide for themselves because each service looks at it a little bit differently on all these teams that they are building out,” Napper said.

Cyber Command, while assisting all the other commands, depends largely on two facilitating Defense agencies, she added. One is the clandestine code-breaking National Security Agency, which “has certainly long understood everything you ever wanted to know about communications and networks,” Napper said. NSA and Cyber Command share one leader, Gen. Keith Alexander.

via Cyber Warriors Will Be Embedded in Military Commands.

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I have over (24) years of Computer Aided Drafting & Design experience and over (16) years of IT experience. After graduating high school I attended a Technical College and earned an Associate Degree in Drafting & Design. I then enrolled at the University of Puerto Rico where I earned an A.S. in Civil Engineering Technologies. While attending the Univ. of Puerto Rico I worked as a freelance Drafter for a variety of architects and engineers. During my senior year I began to work for the firm Planning Management & Development in Ponce, Puerto Rico. Two years later I was offered the position at Mario Corsino & Associates, which later became InterGroup a medium size Civil Engineering, Architectural and Planning firm in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. At InterGroup I became assistant chief drafter where I was responsible for 20+ drafters & civil techs, and this is also where I began my IT training. In 2000 I decided to move to St. Petersburg, FL where I was hired as CAD Manager at Advanced Engineering & Design a small Civil Engineering firm established in 1998. Currently still employed by Advanced Engineering & Design I’m now the CAD/IT Manager. I have also continued to expand my knowledge base in both the IT & CADD fields through continued training, certifications, and attending Autodesk University. I’m currently an Autodesk Certified Professional proficient in AutoCAD, Civil 3D and various other Autodesk products. I have been the President of the Tampa Bay Autodesk Users Group (TBAUG) since late 2007 and a member of Autodesk Users Group International (AUGI) since 1996. I have an A.S. Degree in Computer Networking , a Bachelors of Applied Science in Technology Management and currently finishing work on my Masters in Computer Information Systems. I’m a licensed drafter in the US Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and a Microsoft Certified Professional. I hold certificates as a Microsoft Certified IT Professional: Server Administrator, Cisco Networking Associate Professional and Linux Administrator.
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