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Why is the Army putting its Cyber Command in remotest Georgia?

If I were building a Cyber Command, I’d probably put it near the old Fort Ord.

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If I were building a Cyber Command, I’d probably put it near the old Fort Ord. Take that land back and you have a nice place not far from Silicon Valley. You can build on-post housing (civilian housing is expensive out there). You also could create some reserve units to tap the brains of Apple, Google, and dozens of other companies. Not all techies are self-centered narcissists without an interest in public service!

Second choice might be northern Virginia, Austin, or even Utah.

But the Army, in its Machiavellian way, is building its Cyber Command near Augusta, Georgia, best known as the home of genius musician James Brown and the Masters golf tournament.

If I were building a Cyber Command, I’d probably put it near the old Fort Ord. Take that land back and you have a nice place not far from Silicon Valley. You can build on-post housing (civilian housing is expensive out there). You also could create some reserve units to tap the brains of Apple, Google, and dozens of other companies. Not all techies are self-centered narcissists without an interest in public service!

Second choice might be northern Virginia, Austin, or even Utah.

But the Army, in its Machiavellian way, is building its Cyber Command near Augusta, Georgia, best known as the home of genius musician James Brown and the Masters golf tournament.

Why do I think the Army is being so clever? Here’s what I think: It is safely far from any resident population particularly skilled in cyber. Also it is relatively difficult to get to, so pesky consultants who know their stuff won’t be willing to make the trek from San Francisco. Also, unlike California or even upland Atlanta, it has a lousy, humid climate, in the 90s and steamy for a quarter of the year, so only really dedicated people will want to be there. Gets rid of the creampuffs.

I’d hate to think the Army hadn’t thought this through.

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Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. Twitter: @tomricks1

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