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Army equipping National Guard with modernized network equipment

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ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. — The Army has begun equipping National Guard units with new communication and situational awareness technologies that were developed for battlefield use, but could also aid in responding to domestic disasters. “They built capability that’s dual use. It’s built for the Title 10 mission, the warfighter, but it also can be built [and fielded] in a homeland [scenario] because of the technology,” Kenneth McNeill, chief information…

Cyber Yankee exercise helps National Guard mature partnership with Cyber Command

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A unique exercise held this summer demonstrated the evolution of the National Guard’s relationship with U.S. Cyber Command as the nation faces increased threats in cyberspace. This year’s Cyber Yankee exercise, which took place June 5-18 in Connecticut, sought to mature the Guard’s partnership with Cybercom through a threat-sharing portal called Cyber 9-Line. This tool allows participating Guard units from their respective states to quickly share incidents with the combatant…

National Guard tests cyber skills on DOD networks

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The National Guard recently focused on defending the Department of Defense’s networks during its premier annual cyber exercise, a departure from the last several years where it tested skills on state networks. The Guard is typically owned by the governors of their perspective states and mobilized by those governors in what’s known as state active duty to respond to various crises or assistance efforts. However, the force can also be…

How the Army is coding its own solution for the Tour of Duty jobs website

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To comply with new federal law mandating website accessibility for the Army’s job postings, the department is turning to its own soldier-coders instead of contractors. Software developers at the Army Software Factory have been coding a web-based application for Army reservists and National Guard members to access a job board known as “Tour of Duty.” The website remains locked in Army networks, only accessible on government-owned equipment — essentially blocking…

Army opening access to temporary jobs postings for reservists

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The Army, propelled by a new requirement from Congress, is putting its temporary jobs board on an open network that members of the National Guard and Army Reserve will be able to access from their personal devices. The job board for temporary voluntary assignments, called “Tour of Duty,” can currently only be accessed on government devices on the Army’s network, a barrier for most reservists and guardsmen who do not…