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Congressman John Barrow: Fort Gordon Best Location for New Cyber Command

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Thursday, U.S. Congressman John Barrow (GA-12) praised the decision of the United States Army to place a Cyber Command (CYBERCOM) post at Fort Gordon. The new command will address the increased frequency of internet and computer-based threats to national security. The new post will centralize command of cyberspace operations, organize existing cyber resources, and synchronize defense of U.S. military networks. Congressman Barrow has been an outspoken advocate for locating the Cyber Command at Fort Gordon.

"Fort Gordon is the best location to establish a new cyber command for the U.S. Army," said Congressman Barrow. "With current operations, Fort Gordon already has the infrastructure to house Army Cyber Command, and is a logical choice to expand its cyber mission. The surrounding community is ready to support the future operations of the new Cyber Command, and we are grateful the Army has entrusted us with this responsibility."

In April 2012, Congressman Barrow authored a letter of support to the Secretary of the U.S. Army, John McHugh, along with Senators Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson and Congressmen Jack Kingston (GA-1) and Paul Broun (GA-10). In the letter, the co-signers highlight the unique position Fort Gordon and the surrounding communities in Georgia are in to house the Army Cyber Command.

The U.S. Army released the following statement regarding the Cyber Command:

The United States Army announced today that the Army Cyber Command (ARCYBER) Headquarters will be located at Fort Gordon, Ga., consolidating and coordinating Army cyber and network operations under 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," he explained.

The Army selected Fort Gordon as the permanent location for ARCYBER Headquarters for operational and cost reasons. Since its establishment in 2010, ARCYBER has been temporarily split-located in seven government buildings and leased space across the national capital region. The move to Fort Gordon 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.  It will require 150 fewer personnel than other potential sites, as well as reduce military construction requirements and costs by 23 percent less than other considered options.

Establishing the Army Cyber Center of Excellence at Fort Gordon will begin by aligning Army cyber proponency within the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, creating institutional unity and a focal point for cyber doctrine and capabilities development, training and innovation.

Before selecting Fort Gordon, the Army evaluated its ability to support U.S. Cyber Command-directed missions and other operational factors such as installation capacity, environmental impacts, and human resource considerations. Community input was also solicited and considered through an environmental assessment public comment period conducted in the fall.

ARCYBER will continue to have a command liaison element co-located with U.S. Cyber Command at Fort George G. Meade, Md.

For more information, please contact Army Cyber Command Public Affairs: Jennifer Downing at 703-428-6396; or Army Public Affairs: Lt. Col. Donald E. Peters at 703-697-7550 or Wayne Hall at 703-693-7589.

Additional information about ARCYBER is available at the command website.

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