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Army Delays Final Plans for Persistent Cyber Training Environment

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The U.S. Army has not defined its final plans for a joint training program for cyber mission force personnel, C4ISRNET reported Friday.

Col. Steve Rehn, cyber capability manager within the Army Cyber Center of Excellence, said during the 2018 AFCEA TechNet Augusta event that the service is aware the persistent cyber training environment will be a “constant evolution” concept despite the current lack of final objectives.

The Army previously developed a prototype for the PCTE to lay out initial requirements and determine how to temporarily bring cyber training capability to cyberwarriors before the 2020 roll out.

The service also recently launched a three-week user assessment program to seek feedback from offensive, defensive and support CMF personnel regarding PCTE, according to Col. Richard Haggarty, project manager for instrumentation, targets, threat simulators and soft training systems within Program Executive Office Simulation, Training and Instrumentation.

Haggarty also said the Army is focusing on cyber capabilities instead of on contracts and single vendors.

The Army is jointly operating the PCTE with the U.S. Cyber Command.

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