Georgia Department of Defense
Georgia Among First Three Cyber Protection Teams in Nation
CLAY NATIONAL GUARD CENTER, Marietta, Ga., February 25, 2015 – Officials at the National Guard Bureau in Arlington, Va. announced the location plan today for the first three of the eventual 10 new Army National Guard cyber protection teams (CPTs) to be established over the next three fiscal years.
The newly appointed adjutant general of the Georgia Department of Defense was not surprised by the good news. “The Georgia Guard has proven its cutting-edge abilities in the cyber arena,” said Brig. Gen. Joe Jarrard. “This recognition and assignment from NGB again demonstrates that our Georgia Guardsmen are among the nation’s best. I’m very proud to see this opportunity and capability come to fruition for them.”
Selected from among 32 nomination packets, representing 45 states, territories and the District of Columbia, Georgia is one of only two states to host an entire CPT on its own. The first of three CPTs to be activated in fiscal year 16 will be hosted by five states. The first CPT will be hosted by Michigan, Indiana and Ohio. The two other CPTs will be hosted by Georgia and California, respectively. The stationing plan for the remaining seven of ten Army Guard CPTs will be announced at a later date.
“This is a significant step helping to boost state and federal cyber defense capabilities,” said Maj. Gen. Judd H. Lyons, acting director of the Army National Guard. “It reflects the tremendous momentum well under way across the Army to organize, train and equip cyberspace operations forces.”
Stationed around the country, the CPTs will be staffed by National Guard soldiers. Soldiers assigned to CPTs will train and operate on a traditional part-time basis in support of their respective state’s National Guard and governors. When mobilized for federal active duty, the teams will provide surge support to Army Cyber Command and support defensive cyberspace operations as assigned.