06/25/2014

US army reservists train soldiers in Cybersecurity and cyberwar capabilities

""This course really helps us get our workforce certified and trained in concert with their active component brethren," said Senior Chief Information Systems Technician Ramon Cuevas, N7 senior enlisted advisor for Commander Information Dominance Corps Reserve Command. 

Highly-qualified instructors, composed entirely of drilling Reservists working on Annual Training orders, spent each class day directing students through the challenging course, highlighting such topics as operational security, threats and vulnerabilities, as well as discussing strategies and tactics to those who are charged with standing on the front lines of the constantly evolving cyber battlefield. At the end of the course, Reservists needed to pass a rigorous, comprehensive exam in order to achieve certification. All 11 students passed the test.

Focusing on the "bottom line," Director of Training (N7), Shawn L. Smith, explained the necessity to always take "the approach that best serves the mission" first. Stressing fiscal re-sponsibility and the welfare of every Sailor, Smith recognized early that Reserve Component (RC) service members, already providing certification training to AC units, could be optimally utilized by serving as instructors to RC commands as well, reducing costs for the DOD across the board. By exercising this cost-effective tactic, Smith believes the Navy is getting "the most bang for our training buck."

As outlined in his Navigation Plan for 2013-2017, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert expressly stated the Navy's intention to "fully exploit cyberspace and the electro-magnetic spectrum as war fighting domains." This mission directly calls upon highly trained, operationally ready ITs to "defend our computer networks, sustain information assurance, devel-op network operations technology, as well as educate the next generation of cyber operators."

By implementing this new, stream-lined training model, SRP aims to coordinate its training mis-sion with the objectives set forth by the CNO, concentrating on delivering top-quality instruction to future cyber war-fighters, equipped with the skillset to maintain sustainable deterrence throughout the cyber world. 

Figuring out better ways to utilize ITs throughout the RC and developing a more capable ready response force is at the center of what Capt. Andrew Caldera, deputy commander, Information Dominance Corps Reserve Command sees his office supporting  "The Reserves' role, first and foremost, is to be a strategic capability, ready to deploy forward, whenever needed," said Caldera.
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