Army Secretary John McHugh is reviewing proposals to establish a branch of the service consisting of dedicated cyber fighters that would operate on par with traditional military forces, Federal News Radio reported Aug. 15.
Jared Serbu writes the U.S. Army and other military services are collaborating to protect the nation from cyber attacks and run the military’s networks by combining their respective forces into a joint cyber team.
“It does a couple things for you, one of which is to give you a professional identity, which is an important thing,” Col. Carmine Cicalese, branch chief for cyber and information operations at Army headquarters, told the station.
Cicalese added that establishing the joint cyber group would also pave the way for developing a training and professional career path for cyber personnel, according to the report.
“They’ll be steeped in cyber with regard to Army and joint operations, and that formal track is what helps build the profession of arms,” he told Federal News Radio.
The Army is also working to integrate its cyber operations into the service’s electronic warfare and manipulating the electromagnetic spectrum missions, Serbu reports.