U.S. Army ber Defense Brigade
Army Launches New Cyber Defense Brigade at Fort Gordon

The U.S. Army activated a new cyber brigade on Sept. 5 at Fort Gordon, Ga., in an attempt to transform the way the branch operates its cyber defense systems.

Col. Donald Bray will head the brigade, which is the “first of its kind,” according to multiple reports.

Army Times reported:

The Cyber Protection Brigade is made up of Cyber Protection Teams, manned by a mix of soldiers and civilians. The brigade will have 20 of these teams, each with about 39 personnel. The teams will conduct defensive cyberspace operations in support of joint and Army missions, according to information from Army Cyber Command.

… This push is part of an Army-wide effort to fill the ranks of a selective new military occupational specialty, “cyber network defender,” or 25D. There are more than 700 25D positions across the Army, and the MOS is open to experienced soldiers in the grades of staff sergeant to sergeant major.

“This brigade is aggressively manning, training, and equipping cyber mission teams in support of the Army and U.S. Cyber Command,” Neil Guillebeau, public affairs officer for the 7th Signal Command, told The Augusta Chronicle.

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