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Cyber security partnership with U.S. Army Reserve

I recently attended a ceremony on Capitol Hill during which Norwich University officially kicked off a partnership with the U.S. Army Reserve to build upon our existing academic programs and develop curriculum supporting national cyber security needs. Norwich will participate in the Cyber P3 initiative to help expand the capability of the U.S. Army Reserve through partnerships with recognized universities and key business partners as the role of cyber security in national defense and our economy becomes increasingly important.

Norwich will be one of six university education and training centers across the nation including the University of Washington, George Mason University, the University of Texas at San Antonio, Drexel University and the University of Colorado – Colorado Springs. The world of cyber security has grown increasingly complex and requires a force that possesses both technical and critical thinking skills to react to such a dynamic environment. Read more information about the partnership from the U.S. Army Reserve.

The need for a cyber-educated force exists across the military from entry level through more advanced technical and leadership levels. Norwich University has long been a Center of Academic Excellence in cybersecurity and information assurance education and will continue to contribute to our national defense and economy through this new initiative and expansion of our existing programs at the bachelor’s and master’s levels. New offerings and program enhancements at CGCS in cybersecurity are underway. This year promises to be an exciting one for CGCS and Norwich!

Also of note is that the 20th annual Colby Military Writers Symposium theme this year will be “Cyber Warfare and Privacy: How Do We Keep the Balance Between the Rights of Citizens and the Security of the Nation?” The event is scheduled for April 8-9 on campus and key presentations will be streamed so that our students and friends will be able attend from a distance. Featured panelists include Lewis “Bob” Sorley, author and former CIA chief of Policy and Plans Division; Pulitzer prize-winning author Philip Caputo; and Cheri Caddy, Director for Cybersecurity Policy Integration and Outreach, National Security Staff. Military History program graduate and CGCS staff member Andrew Liptak will also participate in a panel titled “Military Fiction Meets Science Fiction: Future War Stories.” More information about the symposium is available at colby.norwich.edu; I hope you will be able to attend on campus or virtually.

Hockey Puck Contest Update: HPC20

The annual hockey puck contest I announced in January has now closed and we will now wait to see when spring finally arrives in Vermont. This winter has been another cold one with only one day in February seeing daily high temperatures that went above freezing. My wood pile is dangerously low and if not for some reserves I brought down from camp we might have run out this spring.

The snow pile in the north corner has reached the height of the first floor roof and with so many sub-zero nights and frequent snow storms has become a glacier seemingly impervious to melting. We know that it will eventually disappear but folks in these parts wouldn’t mind seeing that happen sooner rather than later. Stay tuned for the announcement of this year’s winner and arrival of spring in coming weeks. The groundhog was accurate on February 2; there were at least six more weeks of winter and a very hard one at that!

Another sign that spring is just around the corner is the start of new classes in March. Congratulations to a job well done and another step forward for our many students who successfully completed their recent courses. I guess it’s time to hit those books and get back to work!