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Pentagon’s Cyber Mission Force Needs Better Training Plan

An audit by the Government Accountability Office of the US Defense Department’s Cyber Mission Force (CMF) found that even though the CMF met a 2018 deadline to get 133 CMF teams fully operational, the teams have since failed to maintain full operating capability. According to the audit, the problems became apparent in November of last year, when “many of the 133 CMF teams that initially reported achieving full operational capability no longer had the full complement of trained personnel, and therefore did not meet Cyber Command’s readiness standards.”

The audit also found that when the Defense Department shifted “focus from building to maintaining a trained CMF,” its approach fell short because the plans used by the department do not cover all CMF training requirements including basic stipulations like “the numbers of personnel that need to be trained.”

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