Does the US need another new branch of the armed forces for cyber warriors?

America is falling behind in its ability to carry out and defend against cyberattacks. And one reason, according to a new report, is that the U.S. military is recruiting too many jocks and not enough nerds.

“They’re going for the kids that are physically fit, mentally able, and that means they’re sitting outside the basketball locker rooms, the men’s and women’s soccer locker rooms, the football locker room,” retired Rear Adm. Mark Montgomery said. “If they’re recruiting the right Cyber Force, they would be sitting outside the robotics lab, the e-gaming basement, hub, whatever it is, at the school.”

Montgomery, former executive director of the congressionally mandated Cyberspace Solarium Commission, is coauthor of the report published by the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, where he is senior director of its Center on Cyber and Technology Innovation.

Gen. Paul Nakasone,
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