Maj. Gen. Cardon, center, is commanding general of Army Cyber Command. (Pfc. Kim Han-byeol / U.S. Army)
Fort Gordon, Ga., will host the Army Cyber Command headquarters, the Army announced today. The decision consolidates the command, which has been temporarily split between seven locations across the national capital region. It will have one commander for the first time in its history.
“Cyber threats are real, sophisticated, growing, and evolving,” said ARCYBER’s commanding general, Lt. Gen. Edward C. Cardon. “The Army’s decision demonstrates support for unity of command and the importance of cyber to our Army and our nation.”
Fort George G. Meade, Md., was the other leading contender for the command. The Army selected Fort Gordon as the permanent for operational and cost reasons, according to the announcement. The move will co-locate ARCYBER Headquarters with the Army’s Joint Forces Headquarters-Cyber and NSA-Georgia, placing the Army’s operational cyber headquarters with the majority its cyber mission forces. That arrangement will provide the needed facilities while requiring 150 fewer personnel. Construction costs will also be 23 percent lower, according to the Army.
ARCYBER will continue to have a command liaison element co-located with U.S. Cyber Command at Fort Meade, the Army said.