Army names site for consolidated cyber command
- By Defense Systems Staff
- Dec 20, 2013
The Army will consolidate its expanded cyber command at Ft. Gordon, Ga., where up to 1,500 personnel will oversee the approximately 21,000 soldiers and civilians worldwide who defend the service’s networks.
Since its creation in 2010, the Army Cyber Command (ARCYBER) has been spread out among seven buildings in the Washington, D.C., area, including buildings at Fort Meade, Md., home to the U.S. Cyber Command. Ft. Meade was the other site considered to be in the running for the consolidated Army command.
The move is being made for operational and cost reasons, the Army said in an announcement. Fort Gordon already hosts the Army's Joint Forces Headquarters-Cyber and a National Security Agency cryptography lab. Combining ARCYBER with those operations at Fort Gordon will require 150 fewer personnel, and 23 percent less in construction costs, than other options considered, the Army said.
The Fort Gordon option may require fewer personnel that other sites, but the command is nevertheless expanding its cyber force. The Army plans to add 660 military and civilian workers at the new center, the Associated Press reported.
Like the overarching U.S. Cyber Command, the commands of each of the military services are planning to add personnel between now and 2016, reflecting the growing importance of the cyber domain in military and national defense operations.
"Cyber threats are real, sophisticated, growing, and evolving," ARCYBER's commander, Lt. Gen. Edward C. Cardon, said. "The Army's decision demonstrates support for unity of command and the importance of cyber to our Army and our nation."