The U.S. Army is considering forming fresh cyber protection teams within the National Guard to work with the U.S. Cyber Command in defending the U.S. against threats, Breaking Defense reported Wednesday.
Sydney Freedberg Jr. writes a proposal has asked the Army to allocate funding for 390 positions in 10 National Guard cyber groups.
“The [Defense] Department continues to conduct analysis to determine the appropriate force structure for cyber in the Guard and Reserve components,” an unnamed official told the publication.
Col. David Collins, chief cyber staffer of the National Guard, outlined potential functions his agency can perform if allowed into a homeland defense posture, the report says.
Guard troops can communicate with civilian networks across the country, operate under federal or state governor command and perform tasks within a civilian information technology environment, Collins told Breaking Defense.
Freedberg writes each state can request for a National Guard network security team with eight soldiers.