How USC, SC cities near Fort Gordon, Ga. could benefit from Army’s new cyber command center
As he lays out his ambitious vision for attracting $50 million more annually in federal research dollars, University of South Carolina President Bob Caslen describes a cyber corridor stretching from the Army’s cybersecurity headquarters near Augusta, Ga., to the USC campus in Columbia.
One stop along the way could include USC Aiken, 30 miles away from Fort Gordon, the Army base across the border where he says soldiers could obtain educational degrees and training.
It’s also where South Carolina’s adjutant general has requested state funding for a $30 million cyber command headquarters for the National Guard.
Another 50 miles east is USC’s main campus, where Caslen says faculty would conduct cyber research for both the Guard and the Department of Defense. Also in the capital city, he sees a state cyber institute mirroring one built in Georgia that would develop security measures to protect the state’s critical and vulnerable cyber infrastructure.
Caslen, a retired three-star Army general who ran U.S. Military Academy at West Point for five years, has made building ties with Fort Gordon one of his top priorities since taking office in August.