Cyber Operations Squadron coming to Battle Creek Air National Guard base
BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — The Battle Creek Air National Guard base is one of four locations in the U.S. chosen for a new Cyber Operations Squadron to help detect and protect against cybersecurity threats. The cyber operations squadron will bring about 70 jobs to the base.
Michigan and Battle Creek were selected by the U.S. Department of Defense to host the newest cybersecurity unit because of their pre-existing work to train both military members and civilians in strategies to defend against the increasing number of cyber breaches.
“Cyber-attacks are an unfortunate reality of a world that is becoming increasingly more dependent on technology,” said Gov. Rick Snyder. “I’m proud of the work we’ve done to establish Michigan as a national leader in this field. The new cyber unit will help ensure we remain on the forefront of this mission and provide new and future opportunities for growth.”
Some members already have training and experience in cyber operations from their involvement with the Michigan National Guard’s inaugural Cyber Range Hub, which opened on the Battle Creek base in 2014.
The hub is part of the Michigan Cyber Range, launched in 2012, and allows for reenactment exercises and simulations that will test reaction and detection skills in a variety of settings across the state. The range is a partnership between the state, Merit Network, federal and local governments and colleges and universities. There are three additional hubs at Eastern Michigan University, Ferris State University and Northern Michigan University.
The addition of the Cyber Operations Squadron builds on Snyder’s larger cybersecurity initiative to raise awareness of cyber threats, provide training to identify and disable threats and encourage continued collaboration.