Defense Digital celebrates space at Georgia Cyber Center as Army Cyber talks about its Augusta future

Defense Digital celebrates space at Georgia Cyber Center as Army Cyber talks about its Augusta future

Defense Digital Service, which seeks to pair Army technical talent with civilian experts to work on complex problems, celebrated Thursday its move into the Georgia Cyber Center as it and the U.S, Army Cyber Command seek greater partnerships with industry and academia in the Augusta area.

Under Star Wars-themed posters and on T-shirts, Defense Digital Service celebrated its move Thursday into the Hull McKnight Building of the Georgia Cyber Center.

Both the service and U.S. Army Cyber Command are hoping the center can help them to partner with industry and academia to find collaborators to tackle the toughest challenges. Army Cyber Commanding General Stephen G. Fogarty also has to recruit not only talent but to sell his current civilian workforce on moving to the Augusta area when the new Army Cyber Command Headquarters opens at Fort Gordon in June 2020.

The theme “Tatooine Defense Digital Service Rebel Outpost,” a reference to Luke Skywalker’s home planet, appeared around the center and Defense Digital Director Chris Lynch wore a “Visit Tatooine” T-shirt as he addressed a mixed audience of military and civilians interested in cyber.

“We’re really, really big into this whole Star Wars thing,” Lynch said. The service seeks to find and recruit the top tech talent in the military to work alongside skilled civilians in teams that seek to crack urgent technical problems facing the military quickly.

“There is no place more impactful,” Lynch said. “There is no place that has the ability to do what we do. We’re here to serve.”

The idea is to come together with industry and academia in “partnerships, teaming together to answer our nation’s call,” said Maj. Gen. John B. Morrison Jr., commanding general of the U.S. Army Cyber Center of Excellence and of Fort Gordon.

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