US Cyber Command hasn’t had difficulty recruiting the more than 6,000 members of its cyber mission force even though there was early attrition due to the difficulty of the training, CYBERCOM Deputy Commander Lt. Gen. Kevin McLaughlin said Tuesday at ASC16. It’s too early to tell if CYBERCOM will be able to retain its experienced cyber warriors in the long-term future, but McLaughlin said he thinks retention bonuses and the chance to do things they wouldn’t be able to do in the private industry, including fighting in the cyber domain, will keep enough on board. “We pay a lot of attention to that, but our view is they’re not all going to leave,” McLaughlin said.
As the US-led coalition closes the noose on ISIS in
Mosul, Iraq and, later, Raqqa, Syria, deconfliction with Russia’s
separate air campaign is going to be critical, Air Combat Command chief
Gen. Hawk Carlisle told defense writers in Washington, D.C., Friday.
The Iraqi Air Force on Friday conducted its first
strikes inside Syria, hitting ISIS targets in the area of Abu Kamal in
response to that group’s attacks inside Iraq.
The Air Force awarded a $15.6 million contract to ELTA
North America Inc., to deliver 21 “counter-unmanned aerial systems,”
according to a Feb. 21 Pentagon announcement.
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