Army Creating Cyber Units With Soldiers, Civilians


| Stars and Stripes

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — The Army is looking for soldiers and civilians to serve in new cyber units charged with protecting critical stateside infrastructure and creating “effects” on the battlefield in support of conventional forces. The challenge: Attracting the creative, energetic talent typically drawn to the freewheeling tech sector.


Recruiters are hoping to tap into some of the energy that has helped Silicon Valley lead the world in information technology. However, it’s unclear whether the Army can provide an environment compatible with the techies whose skills have made Google, Microsoft and Apple household names. A different sort of soldier will need to be recruited to fight in “a seriously nontraditional” space, said Arizona State University engineering professor Braden Allenby.

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