- Mission Support/Community Partnerships
- April 12, 2017
The National Guard has become an increasingly critical component of the Air Force since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, fulfilling a substantial share of the service’s missions in Iraq and Afghanistan and assuming new roles such as cybersecurity. “There’s no single institution that has been transformed in the last 15 years as much, I think, as the National Guard has been transformed,” Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James said Saturday during the National Guard Association of the United States annual conference in Baltimore. Over that time the Air National Guard has become significantly more integrated with the active component …READ MORE
The Kentucky Commission on Military Affairs is seeking a consultant to study the cybersecurity industry in the state.
The study — made possible through assistance from DOD’s Office of Economic Adjustment — will analyze the state’s current cybersecurity infrastructure (power grids, air traffic controllers, financial systems, communication networks, stored personal identified information) to determine the overall readiness in protecting critical structures and information. Additionally, the study will assess how Kentucky can develop this sector for economic potential. Based on analysis of current readiness, the consultant will make recommendations concerning industry sector opportunities, education, legislation, economic incentives and workforce structure to ensure the commonwealth has efficient and robust systems in place in order to protect statewide infrastructure, organizations and the privacy of its citizens. The RFP is available on the state procurement website. Bid proposals are due June 30. For questions on RFP bid submissions, please contact Holly Callaghan, (502) 564-4932, Holly.Callaghan@ky.gov.
In response to the growing cyber mission at Fort Gordon, the post’s local advocacy organization will extend its scope to creating a cyber workforce in eastern Georgia and attracting high-tech companies to the region. “The [CSRA Alliance for Fort Gordon] is in a unique position to become the umbrella organization serving as the catalyst for the Fort Gordon Cyber District to become a nationally recognized cyber center of excellence,” Ron Thigpen, co-chair of the alliance’s strategic planning committee, said in a news release. The alliance plans to collaborate with economic development organizations, academia, cyber-related businesses and nonprofits to promote the Fort Gordon Cyber District brand and foster the growth of high-tech capabilities throughout the region …READ MORE
Officials believe a new partnership between Army Cyber Center of Excellence at Fort Gordon and Augusta University will develop into a major vehicle for training thousands of students and service members in cybersecurity while fostering a cyber cluster in East Georgia that could revitalize downtown Augusta.
The agreement is the product of 18 months of talks between the center and the university, reported the Augusta Chronicle. “We have some really wicked problems that we have to get after,” said Maj. Gen. Stephen Fogarty of the Cyber Center of Excellence. “We just can’t do that all internally. What we’re looking for is expertise” that academia and the private sector can provide …
Each of the services has efforts under way to protect their installations from disruptions to the commercial grid, including the possibility of cyberattacks, according to testimony from top installation officials Tuesday. The Army recently conducted a test demonstrating that a biomass plant located on Fort Drum, N.Y., could power the post in the event the grid goes down. An energy firm invested $34 million converting the installation’s coal-fired plant to burn logging residue and wood products reclaimed from demolition sites. The plant provides 100 percent of the post’s electricity needs. “We demonstrated that right now Fort Drum is the most resilient installation in the Army’s portfolio from an energy standpoint,” said Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary for installations, energy and the environment …READ MORE
The growing threat posed by cyberattacks not only places the military’s information networks at risk but also the dozens of control systems installations rely on to keep the lights on, utilities running, medical devices operating and other mission-specific equipment functioning. A special session during Installation Innovation Forum 2016, scheduled for Feb. 29-March 2 in Charleston, S.C., will focus on the cybersecurity vulnerabilities of installation-related control systems, DOD’s strategy for deterring malicious attacks on those systems and possible roles the installations community can play to secure control systems …READ MORE