Intern program prepares officers for cyber battlefield

Capt. Joseph Casey, 781st Military Intelligence Battalion, 780th MI Brigade, delivers a speech as he graduates from the Intelligence and Security Command, Army Intelligence Development Program-Cyber course in a ceremony at the National Security Agency Cryptologic Museum on June 23.

Story and photo by Steven P. Stover, Army Intelligence and Security Command

Capt. Joseph Casey, 781st Military Intelligence Battalion, 780th MI Brigade, was an Army of One when he graduated from the Intelligence and Security Command Army Intelligence Development Program-Cyber in a ceremony Friday at the National Cryptologic Museum.

AIDP-C is managed by the MI Branch at the U.S. Army Human Resources Command and is intended to prepare officers to serve in positions requiring cyberspace operations expertise.

According to Maj. Rachael O’Connell, the 781st MI’s operations officer and AIDP-C program manager, those selected for the internship travel to Fort Meade for a two-year tour that consists of separate six- to eight-month operational assignments in up to four work centers at the National Security Agency and U.S. Cyber Command.

Additionally, the program includes formal instruction at the National Cryptologic School, Department of Defense cyber-related courses, and commercial training opportunities such as Network +, Security +, and Certified Ethical Hacker certifications to enhance the student’s cyber skills.

“Coming into the program, I didn’t have a lot of cyber background,” Casey said. “Now, I feel confident that I could go into any cyber or intelligence role and bring this skill set to the fight.”

Col. Dave Branch, the presiding officer for the ceremony and commander of the 780th MI, said Casey made significant contributions to the brigade and its mission partners during the program.

“Joe had the opportunity to work hand-in-hand with partner agencies such as the New York FBI field office Cyber Division,” Branch said. “In the face of today’s cyber threats, the relationships we build are essential to enabling us to share knowledge across the intelligence community in order to stay ahead of our adversary.

“Joe, I challenge you to continue to foster those relationships.”

Branch said Casey also served operational tours with the NSA and with CYBERCOM’s Cyber National Mission Force.

“Particularly as we see the battlefield environment changing, it is important that we have officers that understand the cyber environment and are able to leverage our technologies and our capabilities against the adversary,” he said.

Military intelligence officers can apply for the nominative AIDP-C two-year internship through the MI Branch, which typically selects two participants per year.

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