The Army Cyber Command will add a projected 660 active-duty soldiers and civilian workers to the payroll of the Army post in Augusta, said Cyber Command spokeswoman Jennifer Downing. However, the Army wants the command’s facilities at Fort Gordon to have room to expand to up to 1,500 personnel.
Established in 2010, Army Cyber Command oversees roughly 21,000 soldiers and civilians worldwide whose job is to defend military computer networks and conduct cyberwarfare operations. The command has never had a consolidated home, with its staff divided between several office buildings in the Washington area.
Lt. Gen. Edward C. Cardon, Army Cyber Command’s top officer, said the decision to put his staff under one roof at Fort Gordon underscores the “real, sophisticated, growing, and evolving” threat of cyberwarfare.
Fort Gordon is already a hub for Army communications technology specialists and houses a National Security Agency cryptology lab. The Army also plans to transform the post’s Signal Center of Excellence into a Cyber Center of Excellence, refocusing its training mission to prepare cyber warriors.
“The day-to-day defense of our information and data resources is a no-fail mission, and we will prepare the Army’s cyber warriors of today and tomorrow for success,” Maj. Gen. LaWarren Patterson, Fort Gordon’s commanding general, said in a prepared statement.
Members of Georgia’s congressional delegation hailed the Army’s decision to base its Cyber Command in Augusta. The military had also studied putting the command at Fort Meade, Md.
Sens. Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson said they had worked for four years promoting Fort Gordon to Army leaders.
“Basing this increasingly important capability at Fort Gordon is the right thing to do for the Army and the national security of the United States,” Chambliss said in a statement.
U.S. Rep. John Barrow, D-Augusta, said the local community “is ready to support the future operations of the new Cyber Command, and we are grateful the Army has entrusted us with this responsibility.”