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Army Wants to Hone Soldiers’ Cyber Skills; Jerry Turner, Patricia Frost Comment

cyberwarfareU.S. Army officials are looking to employ a social media-savvy force to help the military branch’s field commanders implement cyber strategies in tactical environments.

The Army said Tuesday cyber officials have begun to review results of a study conducted by the 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team’s 2nd Infantry Division earlier this year with the use of virtual effects in a simulated battlefield.

The study was part of the pilot Cyber Support to Corps and Below program that seeks to facilitate the development of a guide on how maneuver commanders should use cyber in combat operations.

“I think there is a better comfort level with our young folks that understand the complexity of the environment in which we are operating,” Col. Jerry Turner, commander of the 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, told a cyber discussion hosted by the Association of the U.S. Army.

“They think in a very network kind of way because that’s how they operate in their daily lives,” he added.

Brig. Gen. Patricia Frost, director of cyber for the Army’s Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-3/5/7, said the research showed that a team comprised of up to 15 soldiers performed best to inform a brigade commander on offensive and defensive cyber tactics, electronic warfare and information operations.

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