Doug Bedell — January 23, 2018, 3:08 pm

U.S. Marines Looking for More Than a Few Good Hackers


The U.S. Marine Corps., reports Defense Tech, is recruiting cyber operations specialists who will be assured of careers as Marine cyber security and hacking experts. “Join the Marines and serve at a keyboard,” might well be the slogan of corps’ recruiters. Security has come to rest on more than battlefield tactics.

“‘Anybody in here a hacker?” Gen. Robert Neller asked, looking around the basketball court at Marines crowded into a semi-circle, as afternoon sunlight streamed in. “If you are, come see me, because I’ll give you a re-enlistment bonus. I’m serious. I’m looking for people who know how to do that.”

“No hands go up, but the offer stands, and the Marines know Neller will be back later that evening for one-on-one conversations.

“Marine leaders have been vocal about their desire to build more cyber capabilities into the force.”

Not so surprising when you realize that the Marines, like the rest of us, are functioning in today’s digital world.

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