The United States Navy announced this week that they intend to bring cyber officers in at mid-grade levels to ensure that they are able to come and go between the private and public sector and maintain a constant stream of knowledge in the increasingly vital field.
“[We need] the ability—when we talk about cyber—to bring people in and say, much like during World War II, ‘You are an amazing expert, you can come in as an O-4 or O-5,'” Navy Secretary Richard V. Spencer told reporters at the Pentagon on Tuesday, according to Military.com.
In addition to this, Spencer argued that these officers need the flexibility to move between the Navy or Marine Corps and the private sector without hurting their chances of promotion to secure their interest in staying in the service.
“This ‘refresh concept,’ in whatever the discipline might be, to have that ability and have that person not step off the promotion ladder is one of the benefits we see from the [Defense Officer Personnel Management Act] reform,” Spencer told Military.com.
In October 2017, former United States Secretary of Defense Ash Carter said that he was “largely disappointed” by Cyber Command’s (USCYBERCM) fight against the Islamic State.