The Army is the latest federal organization to lay out a career path for its cybersecurity leaders. Career Field 17 will offer soldiers that career path. Advocates of professionalizing the cyber workforce believe that would feed talent pipelines with the people agencies need to succeed. Lt. Col. Sean Kern is cyberspace operations officer, and a graduate student at the Joint Advanced Warfighting School at Joint Forces Staff College at the National Defense University. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the main cyber problem right now is a people problem.
The Army’s Intelligence and National Security Command made awards to 21 firms under an indefinite-delivery contract called Global Intelligence Support Services. This story is part of Jared Serbu’s Inside the DoD Reporter’s Notebook.
The leader of the Army’s new Cyber Center of Excellence says his job is not merely to build the cyber workforce, but to integrate that up-and-coming capability with the Army’s existing signals and intelligence disciplines.
While deployed in Afghanistan, Christopher Ciampa allegedly stole more than one million gallons of fuel for resale on Afghanistan’s black market.
Cyber operations is about the only area of the DoD budget that hasn’t been subject to cuts. But the new leader of the Army’s Cyber Center of Excellence says that doesn’t mean the Army can grow its newest military discipline in isolation. Federal News Radio DoD reporter Jared Serbu has the details.
The Army needs big solutions if it wants to generate as much energy as it consumes by 2020. It’s using the Fort Carson Army base in Colorado Springs as a testing ground for the Net-Zero Energy Initiative. The General Services Administration identifies four ideas that could help Fort Carson reach big energy breakthroughs. It’s also partnering with the Army and Energy Department to measure Fort Carson’s progress so far. Ken Sandler is the sustainability and green building advisor within the Office of Federal High Performance Green Buildings at GSA. He told In Depth with Francis Rose what Fort Carson has done so far.
The Center for Army Lessons Learned is calling for soldiers who want to serve a yearlong tour in a hot spot such as Afghanistan, Kuwait or Africa. As an Embedded Liaison Officer, they would report back on what they observed. Colonel Paul Reese, director of the Center for Army Lessons Learned, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss what the Army is calling a great opportunity.
The Army is experimenting with a new type of interactive software to train its young leaders. It’s called the Emergent Leader Immersive Training Environment software (ELITE). The training tool teaches soldiers to deal with a range of problems including disagreements with their platoon sergeant, driving under the influence and sexual harassment. Marco Conners is chief of the Army Games at the National Simulation Center. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details.
Ronald Pontius, the deputy to the commander of Army Cyber Command, said over the next few years the Army will give cyber workers their own career field, preliminarily known as Career Field 17.
The Army and Air Force are using a shared network security infrastructure at Joint Base San Antonio as of Sept. 14. It’s a major step toward the Defense Department’s goal of moving base-level cybersecurity operations to a more defensible, centrally-managed architecture.
On this week’s edition of On DoD, we get a preview of the forthcoming Army Training Information System (ATIS).
The Army’s new dedicated career branch for cyber specialties could be up and running as soon as October.
The Army has a request for information out to see how it can introduce 4G LTE mobile technology to soldiers on the battlefield. The Army wants to see how 4G can help with battlefield intelligence and communication, and keep those capabilities on a wireless network. It hopes the technology can be tailored to help individual soldiers interact and contribute to the battlefield network. The Army wants the network to support video, voice and text communications. Responses to the ROI are due on October 6th.
Gino Magnifico, the chief information officer of the Army Contracting Command, said the move to a zero-client setup for its desktop computers and the development of lighter weight apps to be used anywhere in the world is a direct result of having a mature cloud infrastructure.