“We ... must capitalize on the talent and expertise of our Guard and Reserve members who may have direct ties and long experience in high-tech industry,” Secretary Wynne wrote.
So far, AFCYBER has recruited 400 part-time personnel with no added incentives such as pay or benefits, he adds.
Air Force seeks full-time geeks, too
The Air Force is also seeking full-timers for AFCYBER. Future cyberwarriors may be more couch geek than fit flyboy – not “the same kind of folks that perhaps you want to march to breakfast in the morning,” Air Force Col. Jeff Kendall told the Council on Foreign Relations in March. The colonel also suggested the Air Force may have to make exceptions to its entry standards and recruit ex-hackers, who may have committed computer-related crimes or have a felony conviction for unlawfully cracking a network.
Whether the Air Force has already recruited such hackers remains a mystery. “Due to privacy concerns, we do not discuss the background of our employees,” wrote Major Todd White, a public affairs officer for AFCYBER, in an e-mail responding to a reporter’s questions.