Edward Cardon, commanding general of the U.S. Army Cyber Command, said the service has begun to recruit information technology professionals to join the branch’s newly formed cyber organization.
The Cyber Branch will be housed at Fort Gordon in Georgia and be co-located with the National Security Agency headquarters, the Army said Oct. 21.
Cardon told reporters at the Association of the United States Army convention the service is working with technology firms such as Amazon and Google to find coders to fill the ranks of the new cyber team.
He believes the branch must adapt to challenges in the digital environment.
“If you want to build the strongest network, you better understand how it’s being attacked,” Cardon added.
He noted his command also collaborates with the National Guard and Reserve to help establish the organizations’ cyber mission workforce.
“The upside to cyber and the advances in information technology have enabled the Army to do things we’ve only dreamed of doing,” he told reporters.
“Our capabilities to use information, use it together in the context of our operations; it’s unparalleled.