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(IT) professionals in their civilian oc- cupations, all share a strong desire to serve in uniform and defend the coun- try. The combination of education, skill, and commitment characteriz- es the unique value National Guard members bring to the cyber force.


Mobilizing for the cyber mission The Air National Guard, which is fully integrated with the Air Force cyber mission, has leaned forward in the cyber fight. In the spring of 2016, after intense recruiting, training, and equipping, the first Guard units mobi- lized to support the federal cyber mis- sion. The Air National Guard’s 261st Cyber Operations Squadron, located in California, and 262nd Cyber Op- erations Squadron, located in Wash- ington state, mobilized for six-month rotations with U.S. Cyber Command’s Cyber Mission Force (CMF). The CMF defends DoD computer systems and networks in the U.S. and supports military contingency operations. Members of the 261st possess ci- vilian-acquired computer skills and professional experience in companies such as NASA’s Jet Propulsion Labo- ratory, Raytheon Co., and Boeing Co. The squadron employs Air Force-de- fined “cyberspace weapons systems,” basically sets of IT tools used to con- duct cyber defense, security, control, and analysis missions. “We have very dedicated profes-


sionals on our team who enjoy put- ting hands on keyboard and find it a privilege to serve and collaborate with others for the greater good,” says Col. Douglas Hire, ANG, commander of the 195th Operations Group, head- quarters for the 261st. “Cybersecurity is certainly a team sport!”


Expanding the cyber force With a history of responding to na- tional emergencies on land and in the air, today the National Guard has made it a priority to respond in cyberspace. More than a thousand cyber warriors


PHOTO: AIRMAN 1ST CLASS ROBERT CABUCO, ANG AUGUST 2016 MILITARY OFFICER 53


make up the Guard’s current cyber force. In 2013, the National Guard piloted 10-person computer-network defense teams in all 50 states plus four territories. In late 2015, the National Guard Bureau (NGB) announced an impressive expansion of the Guard cyber force structure. The Army Na- tional Guard is activating seven new multistate cyber protection teams, in addition to three existing teams. The Air National Guard is activating four cyber operations squadrons, which join six existing squadrons. With this expansion, the Guard


intends to grow its cyber force to up- ward of 2,500 cyber warriors — about 1,100 in the Army Guard and 1,300 in the Air Guard. These guardmembers join active duty and reserve service- members who comprise a portion of the 133 teams and more than 6,000 cyber warriors in the CMF. Most important, “the National


Guard brings cyber surge capability to DoD cyber operations,” notes Air Force Col. Kelly Hughes, Space and Cyber Forces division chief at the Air National Guard Readiness Center.


Airmen with the Hawaii Air Nation- al Guard conduct cyber defense opera- tions during train- ing in June. (facing page) Members of the 261st Cyber Op- erations Squadron acquired their com- puter experience in the private sector.


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