The U.S. Army has activated a new cyber organization as part of efforts to defend the military branch’s network against security threats.
Task Force Echo, led by Col. Adam Volant, operates under the Army Cyber Command and comprises 138 National Guard members with previous government cybersecurity and information technology experience, the service branch said Thursday.
Lt. Gen. Paul Nakasone, commander of the Army Cyber Command and an inductee into Executive Mosaic‘s Wash100 for 2017, said TF Echo aims to offer a unique perspective and capacity to support the military branch’s anticipated total force mission.
The National Guard used a meticulous screening process to discover the most qualified members of TF Echo which covers service members that range in rank from junior enlisted to field grade officers.
The task force will also support the U.S. Cyber Command in efforts to defeat adversaries in cyberspace.