Reservists to staff cybercenters
- By George I. Seffers
- Dec 07, 2000
The Pentagon will form five cyber operations centers to be staffed by Reservists
and National Guard personnel, the Defense Department announced Wednesday.
The five Joint Reserve Virtual Information Operations/Information Assurance
Organizations are designed to ensure that "American warfighters dominate
the computer information domain in future conflicts," according to the Pentagon.
The JRVIOs will directly support the department's five key information
operations agencies and joint commands: the Defense Information Systems
Agency, the Joint Task Force for Computer Network Defense, the National
Security Agency, the Information Operations Technical Center and the Joint
Information Operations Center at Kelly Air Force Base, Texas.
"Information operations has emerged as an area that is extremely well-suited
to integration of Reserve capabilities," said Rudy de Leon, deputy secretary
of Defense. "Members of the Reserve and National Guard are often way ahead
by the very nature of their civilian employment, trained in their workplaces
to exploit information technology."
The initiative is the result of a one-year, DOD-wide collaborative effort
called the "Reserve
Component Employment 2005 Study," which recommended new and better ways
to employ reserve forces and foster better integration of reserve forces
into the entire military force.
"With the creation of the JRVIOs, we move another step closer in achieving
the full integration of the Reserve and active components," said Charles
Cragin, principal deputy assistant secretary of Defense for reserve affairs.
Guard and Reserve personnel interested in signing up for cyberservice
can find contact information in 01/at the Reserve
Affairs Web site.
During the first two years 2001 and 2002 a total of 182 personnel
will staff the organizations, with staffing levels varying from one organization
to another. Between 2003 and 2007, the number is expected to increase to
more than 600.