DVIDS – News – PEO STRI Office of Threat Systems Management Supports New JROTC Cybersecurity Program

DVIDS – News – PEO STRI Office of Threat Systems Management Supports New JROTC Cybersecurity Program

Staff from the U.S. Army Program Executive Office’s Threat Systems Management Office (TSMO) Simulation, Training, and Instrumentation (PEO STRI) in Huntsville, Alabama, are helping launch a new program cyber pilot for Army JROTC students at 11 high schools located across the country. starting this fall.

Officially launched April 26-27 during a launch celebration in Huntsville, the Army JROTC Cyber ​​Pilot Program is designed to address the nation’s current and future needs by preparing interested students for careers in the field of cyber security.

TSMO Army civilian employees joined leaders from the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Army Cyber ​​Command, Army Training and Doctrine Command, Army Cadet Command, other government agencies, academia and the industry to help establish and launch the program.

“The primary goal of the program is to grow a cyber talent pipeline starting at the high school level to address the national workplace gaps we currently have in the cyber career field,” said Sarah Estill, chief of the cyber branch of TSMO. “There is still a focus on Army leadership, structure and values, however the JROTC cyber program is very focused on recruiting students and exposing them early to the cyber career field.”

As a four-year high school program, the curriculum will provide students with opportunities to gain key knowledge, skills, and abilities through innovative activities, competitions, and workplace experience with cyber mentors. According to Estill, planning for the JROTC cyber pilot program began several years ago.

“About two years ago, TSMO was asked to participate in an operational planning team,” Estill said. “The way we got involved in this was through our partnership with the University of Alabama, Huntsville, which is an integral part of launching the JROTC cyber program, along with the Huntsville community here.”

Estill said TSMO’s role on the planning team was to help determine what skill sets are required to be successful in the cyber career field and determine how those skills could be acquired at the high school level. The education professionals on the team helped develop the overall curriculum for the program.

“Even if students choose not to join the military after graduation, they will have received valuable career training in the cyber field,” Estill said. “Part of the programs is building cyber expertise and earning cyber certifications that can help them join the cyber workforce right out of high school, even without a college degree.”

Estill said that TSMO will continue to support the pilot program as needed in the future.

“In the future, I can see us as a resource that provides JROTC students with information about what it’s like to work as a penetration tester or a cybersecurity tester,” he said. “I can also see us providing subject matter experts to speak at the high school to get them excited and give them some operational feedback on what we do.”

Cybersecurity is a rapidly growing career field with more than 1.8 million job openings expected this year. The JROTC Cyber ​​Pilot Program is part of the Army’s overall effort to infuse the STEM curriculum in high schools across the country.

The 11 schools selected for the pilot program are located in Alabama, Indiana, Louisiana, Missouri, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, Texas, Virginia and Washington DC. Schools were selected based on their current Army JROTC program, as well as proximity to military installations for instructors, colleges and universities with strong cyber programs, and businesses and industries willing to host internships and job shadowing opportunities.

U.S. Army Program Executive Office Simulation, Training and Instrumentation (PEO STRI), headquartered in Orlando, Florida, directs a skilled and diverse workforce and works with high-caliber Army partners to improve readiness and support Army modernization efforts by deploying and maintaining the next generation of multi-domain operations information, training, and test operations capabilities.







Date to be held: 04.28.2022
Publication date: 06.23.2022 10:18
Story ID: 423579
Location: HUNTSVILLE, AL, USA





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