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Chuck Hagel: Pentagon Aims to Employ 6K Cyber Professionals By 2016

Hagel_Chuck_smallDefense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Friday that the Pentagon plans to hire and train more computer experts to bolster the nation’s defenses against growing cyber attacks, the Christian Science Monitor reported Saturday.

Lolita Baldor writes the department will increase the number of Cyber Command professionals to 6,000 over the next two years.

“We will sustain our investments in intelligence – because it is one of our most important national assets; because it keeps our troops a step ahead on the battlefield; and because America depends on it,” Hagel said, according to the report.

Hagel discussed the plan during a speech at the retirement ceremony for outgoing U.S. Cyber Command and National Security Agency leader Keith Alexander, a four-star Army general.

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