According to a government watchdog assessment, the services appear to be losing their decade-long competition with the private sector to attract and keep professionals with vital cyber capabilities.
Pay, purpose, and personnel management have driven the flow of talent in this competition. Of the three skills that Americans possess, this one is one. In light of the military’s ambitions to expand its cyber personnel over the next five years, Cyber Command was selected as essential to its mission this year. According to a study from the Government Accountability Office of Congress, which was released on Wednesday, the Pentagon’s efforts have been hampered by ambiguous service commitments and misplaced staffing statistics in some branches.