[Defense in Brief] Army National Guard joins cyber fight with first cyber-focused brigade

The Army National Guard is joining Big Army in cyberspace, standing up its first-ever cyber brigade in Virginia. The 91st Cyber Brigade stood up 17 September at Fort Belvoir, Va., to oversee cyberwar units spread across 30 states, the Army National Guard announced. Lt. Gen. Timothy Kadavy, director of the Army National Guard, joined Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Adjutant General of Virginia Maj. Gen. Timothy Williams for the activation ceremony. “We’ve really jumped into the deep end of improving cyber capability within the Army National Guard,” Kadavy told Army Times. “So I’m excited to see how we grow within that area over the next 12 months.” The 91st Cyber Brigade will assist in the training readiness of the Guard’s cyber units, Kadavy said. He added that soldiers will also be deployed to meet the demands of growing cyber missions throughout the United States. The brigade has about 950 soldiers who are spread over 30 states. Each of the cyber protection battalions will have a cybersecurity company, a cyber warfare company and two cyber protection teams. Their mission is to conduct vulnerability assessments, cyber analysis and defensive cyberspace operations on military networks, and other duties.

Jon E. Dougherty is a political, foreign policy and national security analyst and reporter with nearly 30 years of experience in both fields. A U.S. Army veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom, he holds BA in Political Science from Ashford University and an MA in National Security Studies/Intelligence Analysis from American Military University.

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