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US Military Academies Ramp Up Training for Future Cyber Warriors
7/11/2013

Cadet 3rd Class Zachary Madison (foreground) and Cadet 1st Class Ramon Villanueva take part in the National Security Agency's cyber defense exercise. The exercise, which took place in April, tested competitors' ability to defend a fully functioning computer network from attack.   (Source: US Air Force/Sarah Chambers)
Cadet 3rd Class Zachary Madison (foreground) and Cadet 1st Class Ramon Villanueva take part in the National Security Agency’s cyber defense exercise. The exercise, which took place in April, tested competitors' ability to defend a fully functioning computer network from attack.
(Source: US Air Force/Sarah Chambers)

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Rob Spiegel
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The cyber wars
Rob Spiegel   7/11/2013 10:23:33 AM
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This is a nice story, Cabe. I'd love to see that contest in action. As the Internet gets incorporated into more of our basic fuctions -- like manufacturing -- we become more vulnerable. It's good to see we're trying to protect ourselves. Of course, the U.S. is also conducting cyber attacks and cyper spying.

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CYBER SECURITY
bobjengr   7/13/2013 12:26:17 PM
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Excellent post Cabe.  This is welcome information and obviously much needed by the DOD.  I can only imagine where we will be in 20 years relative to cyber security.  The academies are certainly being pro-active relative to that need.  I think requiring each cadet to take appropriate courses only indicates the threat that exists.  

William K.
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Cyber security and military training: Future problems
William K.   7/14/2013 10:16:13 PM
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I think that while this training is vital, there are future problems being created even now. Has anybody considered what these folks will be qualified to do as a career after their enlistment is over. 

It is bad enoygh living with a mind full of infantry training and battle experience, can you imagine the havoc possible if one of these folks go over the edge? Perhaps a lifelong career for them should be considered.

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