Edward Cardon: Army Moves Forward With Cyber Workforce, Tech Adoption Programs

Edward Cardon
Lt. Gen. Edward Cardon

U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Edward Cardon has highlighted the continued growth of the service’s cyber mission force and cyber capabilities in his recent testimony to the House Armed Services Committee’s emerging threats and capabilities panel.

David Vergun reports Thursday on the Army website that Cardon, commander of the U.S. Army Cyber Command and Second Army, noted that 25 of the planned 41 CMF teams are currently at initial operating capability ahead of the scheduled full operations in 2017.

ARCYBER has also been working with the Army National Guard and Army Reserve to train a multicomponent cyber workforce on the same standards and address challenges in appointment authorities for Guard and Reserve activation, Cardon said.

He told the panel that the Army continues to build the cyber force by using marketing techniques and in-service recruitment, targeting West Point and ROTC cadets and offering special compensation packages.

“We have also expanded cyber educational programs, including training with industry, fellowships, civilian graduate education and utilization of inter-service education programs,” he said.

The lieutenant general added that the Army continues to explore joint regional security stacks and the Joint Information Environment, cloud, virtualization and other technologies to boost its cyber capabilities.

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