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National Guard to Form Cyber Protection Teams for DoD Cyber Operations

national guardThe U.S. National Guard is planning to establish cyber teams across the country after the Defense Department indicated cyberspace operations as one of its priorities amid a declining budget, Federal News Radio reported Wednesday.

Jared Serbu writes that National Guard Bureau Chief Gen. Frank Grass has called for the creation of cyber units from the Air National Guard and Army National Guard in all states and territories.

The National Guard wants the units to have members who have years of experience working as cyber professionals, Serbu reports.

ANG Director Lt. Gen. Stanley Clarke has noted that many in the Pentagon are also now seeing the guard’s potential contribution to the military’s cyber mission, partly due to their participation in cyber exercises with other military branches and government agencies.

“They’re starting to see more and more that we can do this mission,” he told the publication.

“We just have to prove how we do this as effectively and efficiently with a different force structure than what people are used to seeing.”

The report said ARNG has already been working with the Army Cyber Command by providing a 39-man cyber protection team, who are currently undergoing certification and could expand to 10 more teams for other operational missions.

“They will be structured exactly like the Army’s cyber protection teams in terms of [occupational specialties] and capabilities and mission sets,” said Maj. Gen. Judd Lyons, acting ARNG director.

“Once we get the approval for that concept plan, we’ll solicit nomination plans and go through a process to determine stationing of those 10 teams.”

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