One-third of the U.S. Marine Corps‘ 1,000 cyber weapons operators for overseas missions will come from the private sector by 2016, NextGov reported Monday.
Aliya Sternstein writes those cyber contractors will handle cyber weapons for Marines stationed overseas.
Lt. Gen. Richard P. Mills, head of the Marine Corps Forces Cyberspace Command, told the American Forces Press Service the contractors will be subject to the same clearance requirements, authorities and rules of uniformed personnel.
Federal civilian workers and uniformed personnel will fill the remaining spots at the command, Mills said in the interview.
There are currently 300 federal civilians, contractors and service members that handle Marine cyber operations, according to Nextgov.