Thursday, the United States Army announced that Army Cyber Command will move its operations to Fort Gordon, bringing 1,500 jobs to the Augusta area.
The cyber command center will help defend Army networks from worldwide cyber attacks. Army officials say cyber threats are growing and becoming more sophisticated.
It could be a few years before the full cyber command is here, but the news is already spreading across the CSRA about the growth the operation will bring to the area.
It's a major victory for the Augusta area as the Army announced that its cyber command headquarters will be moving to Fort Gordon. CSRA Alliance Executive Director Thom Tuckey says cyber command will stop the bad guys from hacking into our defenses.
"The big fear is that they could bring wall street down. They could bring power grids down. Given the expertise that's out there with the bad guys, trying to stay one step ahead is a significant challenge and that's why the military is putting so much effort into it," Tuckey says.
Army officials say that 1,500 jobs will be coming to the area, but Tuckey says there will be more because of military contracts.
"So, in addition to the growth out at Fort Gordon, even more significant is going to be the amount of defense contractors that are all going to now be flocking to the community, just so they have a presence here because anything that has to do with cyber security with the Army is going to be headquartered here," Tuckey says.
And a lot of those workers are going to need a place to live. Meybohm Realtors President Bill Boatman says he believes the Augusta area can support the growth.
"We are assuming that they are coming in over a staged period of time. So that's a lot of homebuyers, but we still think this market can and will absorb that," Boatman says.
Tuckey says the announcement also ensures that Fort Gordon will be around for a long time.
"The next war is going to be won by whoever gets into the other's command and control systems first, not by who has the most tanks, the most soldiers, the most airplanes. It's all going to be computer driven," Tuckey says.
Army officials haven't announced where the headquarters will be located on Fort Gordon just yet.
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