Patrick Shanahan: Cyber Talent Retention a Top Challenge at DoD

Jeff Brody

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said the Pentagon considers retention of cyber professionals a top challenge, FCW reported Wednesday.

"Our biggest challenge with the red teams is keeping the people. We get out-recruited,” he said Wednesday before the Senate Appropriations Committee’s defense subpanel.

Shanahan, a 2019 Wash100 winner, noted during the hearing that he wants to boost investments in cyber scholarship programs, red team capabilities and training ranges and that an increase in Cyber Command’s fiscal 2020 budget would fund offensive cyber operations for deterrence effort. According to the report, the Department of Defense allocated nearly $10 billion for offensive operations, cybersecurity and network defense initiatives. 

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