The Army’s Corp of Engineers announced plans for an expansion of US Army’s Cyber Command. A recent notice of an Invitation for Bid on construction of a new headquarters in Fort Gordon, Georgia. The facility is also set to house a cyber-protection team operations facility.
Due to funding constraints, the project will be completed over two fiscal years. The facility will be designed for sensitive, compartmented information facilities and will include an operations center, specialized technical operations and a special access program. The cost of the project is anticipated to be between $100 million and $250 million.
Fort Gordon first became the Army’s center for cyber operations after the service consolidated its cyber command.
Hitherto, operations had been spread out between seven buildings in and around Washington D.C. The move was made simultaneous to an expansion of cyber work within the service.
Fort Gordon has emerged as the cyber hub for the Army, and is also home to the Army Cyber Center of Excellence, the Army Cyber School and the 7th Signal Command. The National Security Agency also has facilities there.
Fort Gordon, through the Cyber Center of Excellence, “brings together Army Signal Operations, Army Cyber Operations, and Army Electronic Warfare Operations under one umbrella,” according to MG Stephen Fogarty, commander of the Army Cyber Center of Excellence and Fort Gordon. So what that allows us to do is make sure that we deliver a much more holistic capability to support Unified Land Operations than the Army had previously. We are at our initial operating capability now and we think over the next three to five years, we’ll attain full operations capability.” The cyber force continues to grow.
“We’re making tremendous progress on growing the cyber mission force as directed by the Secretary of Defense,” Ron Pontius, deputy to the commanding general at Army Cyber Command, said. “We’re now starting of the fourth year of the four-year build to create and establish the 41 teams of our Cyber Mission Force. And as of the end of September, 32 of those teams had initial operational capability and we will have all 41 teams at IOC by the end of this fiscal year. The move from IOC to full operational capability of those teams – by each team – is about 12 to 18 months later.”
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