Defense sets up Reserve IT groups

Defense sets up Reserve IT groups

By Matt McLaughlin

GCN Staff

DEC. 8'Deputy Defense secretary Rudy de Leon this week approved a plan to establish five Reserve groups that will focus on information technology.

The groups, to be called joint Reserve virtual information operations and information assurance organizations (JRVIOs), will strive to maintain American warfighters' superiority in computer technology on the battlefield, according to Defense Department officials.

"Information operations has emerged as an area that is extremely well-suited to integration of Reserve capabilities," de Leon said. "Members of the Reserve and National Guard are often way ahead by the very nature of their civilian employment, trained in their workplaces to exploit technology."

The five JRVIOs will support the Defense Information Security Agency and the Joint Task Force-Computer Network Defense, both in Arlington, Va.; the National Security Agency and the Information Operations Technical Center, both at Fort Meade, Md.; and the Joint Information Operations Center at Kelly Air Force Base, Texas.

JRVIO administrators will recruit officers and enlisted personnel from the Reserves and National Guard who possess IT knowledge, experience or training. The groups will have a total of 182 staff members for fiscal 2001 and 2002, and will expand to as many as 600 between 2003 and 2007.

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