The Senior Enlisted Leader for United States Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM), as well as for the National Security Agency and Central Security Service (NSA-CSS) toured the Center for Information Dominance, Nov. 19.
Air Force Chief Master Sergeant Kevin G. Slater attended executive-level briefings on curriculum and visited with Sailors attending the Joint Cyber Analysis and Advanced Signals Analysis courses during his tour.
“I’m proud of each and every one of you,” said Slater. “I’m interested in personally seeing how your training is going. You are going to be working dynamic missions both at the service and the national level and that starts with the world-class training you are getting here at the Navy’s Center for Information Dominance.”
The two curricula are joint-service courses at both the student and staff/instructor levels that includes service members from the Army, Air Force, Marines and Navy.
“Our nation depends on what you do today and what you are about to do in your job,” added Slater. “Your training is definitely challenging and fast-paced, however it is within reach of anyone if they are willing to study hard.”
The Joint Cyber Analysis Course is designed to take individuals who have minimal computer experience and make them proficient in cyber-analysis within six months. The course is divided into 10 modules and covers 25 topics ranging from computer fundamentals to programming to forensics methodology and malware analysis.
The Advanced Signals Analysis courses provide training in the intermediate and advanced stages of signals search, analysis, target identification and reporting. The courses include in-depth instruction in the UNIX computer operating system, advanced modulation techniques, digital communications analysis, advance reporting techniques, advanced bit-stream analysis and advanced spread-spectrum and computer networks.
Navy Cmdr. Christopher Bryant, commanding officer of the Center for Information Dominance Unit Corry Station, Florida, noted that this was an opportunity for USCYBERCOM to gain insight into the high caliber of the initial accession students being trained in Pensacola.
“This visit provides an opportunity to showcase the success of joint service cyber training,” said Bryant. “CID is proud to execute cyber training and to prepare Soldiers, Airmen, Marines and Sailors for their important contributions to national security.”
Slater’s visit concluded with question and answer sessions with students and instructors. Senior Chief Cryptologic Technician Cedric Blair, an instructor at CID Unit Corry Station, summed-up the visit from the student and instructor perspective.
“The junior joint service members were shown that senior cyber leadership is engaged in and extremely supportive of their training and of their desire to succeed in this critical warfighting area called cyber,” said Blair.
CID Unit Corry Station delivers Navy and joint forces training in information operations, information warfare, information technology and cryptology, providing training for approximately 8,000 service members each year. With a staff of 300 military and civilian instructors, CID Unit Corry Station oversees the development and administration of 35 courses of instruction.
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