US Army Expanded Cyber War Units Too Fast Leaving Them Understaffed, Vulnerable - Report
Faizan Hashmi 10 days ago Fri 16th August 2019 | 12:20 AM
WASHINGTON (UrduPoint News / Sputnik - 16th August, 2019) The US Army expanded its new cyber and electronic warfare units too fast without proper risk-assessment and planning leaving them exposed to crises and dangerously understaffed, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) said in a report on Thursday.
"If the Army does not assess risks for units activated at an accelerated pace, those units may be unable to effectively conduct multi-domain operations," the report said. "As a result, senior Army leaders may not know what other challenges could arise... as the units grow in capability."
The Army did not assess the staffing, equipping and training risk before activating one cyberwar unit and it only carried out a single, initial risk assessment before activating a second unit, the GAO recalled.
As a result, these forces are experiencing challenges in those areas, it said.
Army officials told the GAO that as these units evolved, it remained uncertain when more comprehensive risk assessments would take place, the report added.