U.S. servicemembers, civilians and partner nations participate in the Cyber Flag exercise in June in Suffolk, Va. U.S. CYBER COMMAND
U.S. servicemembers, civilians and partner nations participate in the Cyber Flag exercise in June in Suffolk, Va. U.S. CYBER COMMAND

Virtual training ground in the works as Army pushes ahead with cyberwarfare plan

by John Vandiver
Stars and Stripes

The U.S. Army is adding more cyberdefense teams and intensifying the training required of its high-tech operators to better equip them to take on 21st-century adversaries, the head of U.S. Cyber Command said.

A new “persistent cyber training environment,” which will allow units to train virtually on the kinds of networks used by adversaries, will be set up within six to 12 months, CYBERCOM’s Gen. Paul M. Nakasone said Monday, as quoted in an Army statement.

The idea is that cyberwarriors will face realistic attack scenarios, much like combat brigades experience at the National Training Center on Fort Irwin, Calif.

“It will make a huge difference in collective training for cyber teams and improve their readiness,” Nakasone said during an Association of the U.S. Army forum.

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