General touts Augusta’s importance in cyber security fight

Augusta will be a key component to successfully fighting on the cyberspace battlefield, the commanding general of U.S. Army Cyber Command said Tuesday.

 

Lt. Gen. Paul M. Nakasone told an audience at the TechNet trade show in downtown Augusta that the city and the surrounding area is poised to help the Army achieve its new mission.

Nakasone was in Augusta last November to help break ground at Fort Gordon for the new U.S. Cyber Command headquarters, which is now at Fort Belvoir, Va. It will relocate to Fort Gordon by 2020.

Before that, Nakasone last was in Augusta in 2004.

“Thirteen years ago when I left, it was interesting to see that everyone was talking about Boston or Austin as critical components to the high-tech revolution,” he said. “And so my thoughts this morning were, ‘What happens 13 years from now? Is Augusta going to be in that same league?’ I certainly think it will be because we have the opportunity, we have the momentum, we have the capabilities and we have the talent as convergent in the next couple years here in Augusta.”

Nakasone referred often to the “multidomain battlefield” of the future. That describes the operational concept designed to prepare a joint military force to operate – often simultaneously – in the domains of land, sea, air, space and now cyberspace.

“I would offer that Army Cyber’s move to Fort Gordon will increase Army readiness and technological superiority not only today, but well into the future,” he said. “The synergy created when we enhance operational effectiveness by establishing a single center here at Fort Gordon can’t be underestimated.”

The general said the headquarters’ move would bring Army Cyber into a “regional hub of innovation in cyber development,” alongside private-industry and academic partners.

Reach Joe Hotchkiss at (706) 823-3543 or joe.hotchkiss@augustachronicle.com.

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