The UC ROTC program is working with US Cyber Command to educate the next generation of warriors.
USCYBERCOM plans, coordinates, integrates, synchronizes, and conducts activities to: direct the operations and defense of specified Department of Defense information networks and; prepare to, and when directed, conduct full-spectrum military cyberspace operations in order to enable actions in all domains, ensure US/Allied freedom of action in cyberspace and deny the same to our adversaries.
The UC Army ROTC “Bearcat Battalion” continues to work closely with U.S. Army Cyber Institute (ACI) located at the U.S. Military Academy (USMA; West Point, NY) to adopt and implement ACI’s Cyber Leader Development Program (CLDP) at UC and produce the type of leader needed for the U.S. Army’s newly instituted Cyber Branch. In addition to implementing a CLDP, UC Army ROTC is working closely with the College of Engineering, College of Education, Criminal Justice and Human Services, and Department of Political Science to emphasize specific scholarship opportunities for students pursuing cyber-related majors and minors across multiple disciplines; promote the creation of a cross-disciplinary cybersecurity major; and create a student cyber club group at UC – open to the entire student body, not just ROTC cadets – that includes not only computer science and information systems majors, but also include students pursuing education in the political science/international relations policy and administration majors and minors.
The larger intent of the cybersecurity major and the cyber club is to expose students pursuing traditional and non-traditional cyber-related majors and minors to areas affecting the cyber operations community that they would not normally be exposed based on the engineering or information systems/technologies majors. As part of a pilot program, one of UC Army ROTC top cadets completed an unpaid summer internship this past Summer (2015) with the Ohio Army National Guard (OHARNG) Cyber Protection Team (CPT). In addition to the experiences gained by the cadet, the program confirmed the viability and feasibility of future internships with both with the OHARNG CPT and the regional tri-state Cyber Defense Team between the Ohio, Indiana, and Michigan state national guard forces.