The U.S. Army Installation Management Command reported that the number of participants in its annual Cyber Installation Support Summit has expanded since its first installment in 2014.
Lt. Gen. Kenneth Dahl and Maj. Gen. Lawarren Patterson co-chaired this year’s summit and discussed the expansion of the team from 40 representatives of Army elements in 2014 to its current group of around 100 people from the U.S. Cyber Command, National Security Agency, U.S. Army Reserve and sister services, the Army reported April 8.
“A few years ago it became apparent that the growth of cyber within the Army and the [Defense Department] was going to become a very large, complex mission, particularly from the standpoint of building out facilities to support cyber training and operations,” said Patterson, IMCOM deputy commanding general for operations and chief of staff.
Army IMCOM oversees 73 installations that work to protect global U.S. interests and require a line of defense in cybersecurity, the service branch said.
“IMCOM should be looking to pull together all service providers, all the people who have a stake or an equity involved, and then integrate that,” said Dahl.
He and Patterson noted that funding and prioritization are also focal points of discussion at the summit.
“We look at facility growth and planned facility growth to determine what priorities are urgent and what can wait,” explained Patterson.
The summit is scheduled quarterly and held in rotation at Fort Belvoid, Fort Gordon, Fort Meade and the IMCOM headquarters.