The Army is focusing investment at Fort Gordon to refine its cyber domain and maximize the potential for “emerging, game-changing land-power technology,” said Lt. Gen. Edward Cardon, the commanding officer of the Army Cyber Command.
Cardon’s remarks come one week before his keynote address at the Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce’s 106th annual meeting on the theme of “Community Strong.”
Expected to speak on how the diverse community organizations collaborate to achieve economic success regionwide, Cardon said last week that the Army selected Fort Gordon as the permanent home for its Cyber Command to better control “cyber mission forces.”
“These decisions to co-locate the Army’s operational and institutional cyber organizations with National Security Agency-Georgia will create tremendous synergy through closer collaboration and coordination,” he said.
Cardon said the decision to move his command’s headquarters to Fort Gordon is “good news for our Army and good news for Army Cyber Command.”
The Army’s latest projections show that 2,600 military, 900 civilian and 200 contractor jobs will be added to the post’s workforce by 2019 to accommodate a Cyber Command headquarters, a Cyber Center of Excellence, and growth to Army, Navy and Air Force intelligence operations. Potential new construction has been set at $170 million, with renovations scheduled for between $56 million and $70 million.
Cardon said Fort Gordon has a potential growth of about 300 military and 400 civilian positions when the Cyber Command moves into a new headquarters on the Army post in late 2018 or early 2019.
Cardon was born in Texas, raised in California and commissioned as an engineer officer from the U.S. Military Academy in 1982. After graduation from the Naval Command and Staff College, he served as an assistant engineer and executive officer in Germany; a staff and chief geographic officer in Central Europe and Bosnia; and as special assistant for the Army chief of staff at the Pentagon.