Pentagon confirms cyber-workforce plan heading to Hill

Editor’s Note: This story has been updated to reflect additional information provided by the Department of Defense regarding the development of the cyber-workforce and Cyber Mission Force plans.

The Defense Department plans to deliver to Congress an unclassified version of its new cyber-workforce strategy as early as this week, FedScoop has confirmed.

The strategy serves as an overarching guide for transforming the department’s cyber-force of active and reserve military, and civilian personnel and includes plans for recruiting, training and retaining qualified cyber-professionals.

Along with the cyberspace workforce strategy, developed by DOD’s CIO office, U.S. Cyber Command has led a complimentary planning effort to build out the 6,000-strong Cyber Mission Force, which is a part of the DOD cyber workforce.


Lt. Col. Damien Pickart, a DOD spokesman, told FedScoop the CMF will be phased into existence through fiscal year 2016, ultimately consisting of approximately 6,000 personnel and 133 teams.

“Mission analysis for the model was informed by DOD priorities: strategic guidance, global employment of the force guidance, and intelligence assessments of cyber threat actors and activities,” Pickart said.

According to Pickart, the Air Force, Army and Navy will each provide approximately 30 percent  of the total 6,000 positions, and the Marine Corps will provide the remaining 10 percent of the CMF personnel.

Pentagon budget documents show the 133 teams will be organized into 40 mission teams, 25 direct support teams and 68 protection teams.

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