How the Army Cyber Center of Excellence fits into the high-tech battlefield

How the Army Cyber Center of Excellence fits into the high-tech battlefield

As the Army transitions to a new generation of warfare, one that involves a more high-tech battlefield, Fort Gordon in Georgia is becoming the nexus where such capabilities will be born. Home of the Army Cyber Center of Excellence, where soldiers go to become high-end cyber and electronic warfare planners and operators, Fort Gordon is growing quickly and becoming increasingly more important within the Army.

Maj. Gen. John Morrison, Fort Gordon’s commander, spoke recently with C4ISRNET’s Mark Pomerleau about his portfolio and how it fits in the Army.

C4ISRNET: I understand that with the recent elevation of U.S. Cyber Command leaders are going to re-evaluate training and joint standards.

MAJ. GEN. JOHN MORRISON: Yes, that’s ongoing right now.

C4ISRNET: So there hasn’t been a decision yet as to what that pipeline is and where the Army fits in with the cyber mission force going forward?

MORRISON: Yes, there’s a whole list; we’re now at a point in our maturity with the cyber mission force that it is time to go back and review a couple of different things. One is looking at whether we have the training right and if there are other more effective ways that we can go about doing training. One thing we’ve implemented through the last year is cyber common core technical training. Last year, we were only training predominantly officers and we had just started doing our warrant officers.

Now we train all three cohorts, so enlisted, warrant officer and officer. All three of them get this cyber common technical core. That’s also now become the joint standard. While it was developed here at Fort Gordon in the cyber school, I am being directed by CYBERCOM J7 that all the services will now train that portion of it.

One of the other things we’re looking at is how we send our cyber enlisted force down to Pensacola to go through the joint cyber analysis course. Working with the Defense Digital Services out of [the Office of the Secretary of Defense], we ran a pilot that took that 27-week course, put it into a new methodology and we were able to conduct it here at Fort Gordon in about 12 weeks.

We think it’s going to have to extend to 14 weeks, but this fall we’ll run another pilot. Once we do that, we’ll start conducting that training here ourselves. We will then proffer that back to CYBERCOM as something that can become a joint standard.

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