The Army chief of staff, Gen. Ray Odierno, has approved what officials are describing as one of the most significant reorganizations in American intelligence – a plan that will consolidate all U.S. cyberspace training into a new center of excellence at Fort Gordon.
The restructuring plan – confirmed by the Army on Monday – is the first step in a detailed outline of changes that will decide where a military that is scheduled to shrink by 80,000 soldiers will live and train for years to come.
Specifically, the Army plans to create a Cyber Center of Excellence at Fort Gordon that will “unify and modernize” all cyber-related training efforts, including those that teach how to use electronic-warfare technology to track electromagnetic activity worldwide, Army officials said.
Because the plan is still being discussed by senior leadership at the Pentagon, officials at Fort Gordon could not comment on the matter Monday. However, Ray Harp, a spokesman for the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, said Army Secretary John McHugh is expected to approve the measure soon.
“We are waiting on the Department of Army to make its final decision and give us the green light to move forward,” Harp said.