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Location: Washington, DC


By Mrs. GILLIBRAND (for herself, Mr. VITTER, Mr. COONS, Mr. BLUNT, Ms. LANDRIEU, Mr. LEAHY, Mr. WARNER, and Mrs. MURRAY):

S. 658. A bill to amend titles 10 and 32, United States Code, to enhance capabilities to prepare for and respond to cyber emergencies, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Armed Services.

Mrs. GILLIBRAND. Mr. President, I am pleased to join Senators Vitter, Coons, Blunt, Landrieu, Leahy, Warner, and Murray in introducing the Cyber Warrior Act of 2013 to build Cyber and Computer Network Incident Response Teams in the National Guard.

This bill would establish a Cyber and Computer Network Incident Response Team, CCNIRT, in each state and the District of Columbia, which could provide a scalable response, called into support by the Governor in case of a domestic initial response or by the Secretary of Defense in a Title 10 status when the situation warrants it. These teams would combine both Active and Traditional Guard Members, thereby leveraging the private sector IT expertise and experience. The use of the Guard would also support the goal of retaining the cyber training of military personnel when they retire.

The bill would allow the Guard to further develop cyber capabilities to address existing and potential future surge needs. This bill would also allow the National Guard to support existing DHS, DOJ, Secret Service, and State and Local cyber efforts with their unique capabilities and expertise, as well as leverage their private sector expertise.

The Guard members under this bill would add to existing Guard end strengths. The funding to support this mission is intended to be born by the active duty, but not incur any new budgetary authority.

The bill would also authorize Governors to ask their National Guard to help train State and Local Law Enforcement and other Cyber Responders in cyber security, and help them develop sound best practices that allow more cohesive interaction with Federal-level responders.

The bill requires cyber Guard Members to receive the same level of training that is available to the Active Duty cyber personnel, to the extent practicable. The bill would require the Secretary of Defense to report on such training.

The bill would also require the Secretary of Defense to report to committees of jurisdiction on the following ways to attract and retain more cyber warriors.

The bill requires description and assessment of various mechanisms to recruit and retain members of the regular and reserve components of the Armed Forces; an assessment of the use virtual and/or short term deployments in case of cyber incident responses; and a description of the training requirements and physical demands in the cyber specialties.


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