The new commander of Army Cyber Command is advocating for a rebranding, along with an expanded mission set that embraces information operations, intelligence.
A few months into the Army’s pilot program to directly commission cyber officers, Lt. Gen. Paul Nakasone says entry-level pay isn’t cutting it.
The Army is beginning its first experiment in fast-tracking the officer accession pipeline for civilians with cyber skills. But it’s proceeding cautiously: only five new officers per year.
The Army and Navy both said on Thursday that their contributions to U.S. Cyber Command’s Cyber Mission Force had achieved full operational capability, a year ahead of the timeline DoD set for the military services.
Pentagon cybersecurity officials say two global ransomware attacks highlighted improvements the Defense Department has made to its ability to command and control its own networks, but also showed areas that are ripe for improvement.
Army Cyber Command is starting two pilots aimed at bringing in more tech savvy soldiers.
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 still doesn’t know whether its new and growing force of soldiers dedicated to cyber missions is large enough for the task. But it’s certain it doesn’t have the legal authorities it needs to attract and retain the talent it wants.