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National Guard to Roll Out More Cyber Units; Timothy Lunderman, Frank Grass Comment

cyberThe U.S. National Guard plans to activate 13 additional cyber units across 23 states by the end of fiscal year 2019 as part of efforts to grow the Defense Department’s cyber workforce.

U.S. Army Gen. Frank Grass, chief of the National Guard Bureau, said Wednesday the goal “is to train, equip and provide highly-skilled forces responsive to the needs of the nation.”

“Working with the Army and Air Force, our cyber squadrons and teams will provide trained and ready soldiers and airmen to support requirements established by the services and U.S. Cyber Command,” Grass added.

The cyber units will be activated in Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Wisconsin, Idaho, Michigan, Texas, Virginia, California and Massachusetts.

U.S. Air Force Col. Timothy Lunderman, director of joint cyber operations at the National Guard Bureau, said the cyber protection units will work in “multi-state settings through the emergency management assistance compact.”

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