Talking Tech: DoD’s Cyber Academy Course with Frank DiGiovanni

By 2019, responsibility for training the military cyber mission force will transition from the National Security Agency to the military Services, giving them just two years to develop a training curriculum and pipeline.

Frank DiGiovanni, director of force training in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, says the question isn’t what to teach, but rather how it should be taught. Rather than conventional lectures and classroom-based training, he argues, cyber is a trade or craft.

Such skills are best learned in a collaborative environment, he says, in which craftsmen of different skill levels, specialization and experience work together – and learn together – to solve problems, much as skilled tradesmen developed and handed down knowledge from generation to generation for millenia.

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