WASHINGTON — The US Army Cyber Command (ARCYBER) is packing up the seven locations in and around the Washington, D.C., area from which it has operated since its inception in 2010, and is consolidating all of its activities at Fort Gordon, Ga., the service announced today.
The move will put ARCYBER under the same roof as the Army’s Joint Forces Headquarters-Cyber for the first time, while having the added benefit of requiring about 150 fewer personnel and reducing construction costs by 23 percent, since the post already has much of the infrastructure the Army is looking for.
“Cyber threats are real, sophisticated, growing and evolving,” ARCYBER’s commanding general, Lt. Gen. Edward C. Cardon said in a Dec. 19 statement. “The Army’s decision demonstrates support for unity of command and the importance of cyber to our Army and our nation,” he added.
The US Senate delegation from Georgia, unsurprisingly, gave the move two big thumbs up.
“I am pleased the Army selected Fort Gordon as the new home of US Army Cyber Command,” Georgia Republican Saxby Chambliss said in a statement. “Establishing this command at Fort Gordon builds on the existing intelligence and cyber capabilities on post, provides the most cost-effective solution in a time of fiscal austerity,” he added.
Fort Gordon is also home to the US Army Signals Center, the center of the Army’s signals intelligence operations.
By establishing an Army Cyber Center of Excellence at Fort Gordon, the Army says that it can begin the process of synching its cyber operations and doctrine development with the Training and Doctrine Command, “creating institutional unity and a focal point for cyber doctrine and capabilities development, training and innovation.”
While most staffers are moving south, along with the other service branches ARCYBER will continue to house a command element with US Cyber Command at Fort Meade, Md.