Norwich to Host 5K Fun Run/Walk to Mark JROTC Anniversary

National race organizers hope to enlist over 350,000 runners around the world and set a new Guinness World Record
Norwich University Office of Communications

March 30, 2015

NORTHFIELD, Vt. – To help celebrate the 99th anniversary of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) and Junior ROTC (JROTC), Norwich University will host a 5K fun run on Saturday, April 25. Check-in begins at 10:30 a.m. at Shapiro Field House for the race’s 12 p.m. start time.

The race is part of a global effort by JROTC to break the Guinness World Record for the “most participants in a 5K run at multiple locations” to celebrate the 99th anniversary of the founding of the Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps.

The passage of the National Defense Act In 1916 established the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) and Junior ROTC in the United States. Norwich University is considered the home of ROTC and its founder, Captain Alden Partridge, the father of ROTC.

JROTC is a military-structured high school program designed to educate high school students in leadership roles while cultivating an appreciation of the benefits of active citizenship. The JROTC curriculum emphasizes academics, citizenship, character development, leadership development, physical fitness and community service.

Registration for the fun run is free and open here. Pre-registration is required.

Check-in begins on Saturday, April 25, at 10:30 a.m. at Shapiro Field House with the run beginning promptly at noon.

For additional information and a video on this historic event please visit www.JROTC5KRun.com.

Media Contact:

Daphne Larkin
Assistant Director of Communications
dlarkin@norwich.edu
802-485-2886 or 595-3613(m)

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Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation’s six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC). www.norwich.edu 

In fulfillment of Norwich’s mission to train and educate today’s students to be tomorrow’s global leaders and captains of industry, the Forging the Future campaign is committed to creating the best possible learning environment through state-of-the-art academics and world-class facilities. Learn more about the campaign and how to participate in the “Year of Service” here: bicentennial.norwich.edu   

Men’s Hockey: Pelletier, Thieda Named AHCA All-Americans

Norwich University Office of Communications

March 27, 2015

MINNEAPOLIS – Sophomore forward William Pelletier (St. Jean Chrysostome, Quebec) and senior defenseman Alec Thieda (Rochester Hills, Mich.) were named CCM East Region All-Americans by the American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA) on Thursday night at the Division III Men’s Ice Hockey Championship banquet.

Pelletier was named to the First Team and Thieda was named to the Second Team to become the 43rd and 44th All-American selections in the rich 105-year history of the Norwich University men’s ice hockey program.

Pelletier scored 17 goals and netted 27 assists for 44 points in just 24 games played to lead Norwich and rank second in the country in points per game with 1.83 per game.

Pelletier was named the ECAC East Player of the Year, First Team ECAC East and was a three-time league Player of the Week selection. Pelletier led the team with five game-winning goals and tied for the team lead with three power play goals.

Pelletier’s 44 points were the most in a single season by a NU player since Rick Cleaver hit the 50-point mark in 2007-08. His 1.83 points per game ranks among the best averages for a single season in program history.

Thieda had a breakout offensive season, registering three goals and 17 assists for 20 points, which tied for 15th nationally. He joined Pelletier on the ECAC East First Team.

Thieda served as the team captain this season and helped lead Norwich to the No. 1 defense in not only the ECAC East, but also Division III as a whole. The Cadets surrendered just 1.33 goals per game in league play and 1.50 overall. Norwich gave up only 45 goals this season in 30 games. Thieda was one of just five finalists for the prestigious Joe Concannon Award, presented annually to the best American-born Division II/III player in New England.

The two helped lead Norwich to its 17th straight ECAC East regular season title and 11th ECAC East Tournament title. The Cadets also reached the NCAA Tournament for the sixth straight season and 16th time overall in program history.

NU fell one win short of reaching for the Division III Frozen Four, held in Minneapolis, Minn. this weekend after a heartbreaking 4-3 loss to Amherst College last Saturday.

About Norwich University

Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation’s six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC). www.norwich.edu

Media Contact:

Derek Dunning
Director of Sports Information
(802) 485-2902
ddunning@norwich.edu

Norwich Writers Series to Host Iraq War Vet, Memoirist Kayla Williams

Norwich University Office of Communications

Updated April 13, 2015

NORTHFIELD, Vt. – The Norwich University Writers Series continues with Iraq War veteran and memoirist, Kayla Williams, author of “Plenty of Time When We Get Home: Love & Recovery in the Aftermath of War” (2014) and “Love My Rifle More than You: Young & Female in the U.S. Army” (2006). Williams will read on Tuesday, April 21, at 4 p.m. in the Chaplin Hall Gallery.

Williams has appeared in numerous media interviews including this radio piece on PRI’s The World from February 2014, and including an appearance on Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show during a segment dealing with claim backlog at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Williams enlisted in the U.S. Army as an interpreter in 2000. She served as a sergeant and Arabic linguist in a military intelligence company of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) for five years. During that time, she spent a year deployed in Iraq and Kuwait during the buildup to and ultimate invasion of Iraq in 2003. Williams served at the forefront of troops’ interaction with Iraqis while navigating the challenges of being part of the 15 percent female minority enlisted in the Army.

“Love My Rifle More Than You: Young and Female in the U.S. Army” is a memoir about Williams’ experiences negotiating the changing demands on today’s military. “Plenty of Time When We Get Home: Love and Recovery in the Aftermath of War” details Williams’ marriage to Brian McGough, who was wounded by a roadside bomb in Iraq. The book explores the effects of traumatic brain injury and PTSD.

Williams is a 2013 White House Woman Veteran Champion of Change, Truman National Security Project Fellow, and member of the Army Education Advisory Committee, and a former member of the VA Advisory Committee on Women Veterans. She currently lives near Washington, D.C., with her husband.

The Norwich Writers Series event is presented by the university’s Center for Peace and War, the College of Liberal Arts, and the Department of English & Communications. All events in this series are free and open to the public. Williams’ memoir will be on sale at the event. A book signing will follow the reading.

Media Contact

Daphne Larkin
Assistant Director of Communications
dlarkin@norwich.edu
802-485-2886 or 595-3613(m)

Follow us on Twitter @NorwichNews

About Norwich University

Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation’s six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC). www.norwich.edu

In fulfillment of Norwich’s mission to train and educate today’s students to be tomorrow’s global leaders and captains of industry, the Forging the Future campaign is committed to creating the best possible learning environment through state-of-the-art academics and world-class facilities. Learn more about the campaign and how to participate in the “Year of Service” here: bicentennial.norwich.edu

Norwich to Hold 20th Annual Colby Military Writers’ Symposium

Public Panel to Address the Topic: “Cyber Warfare and Privacy: How Do We Keep the Balance Between the Rights of Citizens and the Security of the Nation?”
Norwich University Office of Communications

Updated March 30, 2015

NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Norwich University will host the 2015 William E. Colby Military Writers’ Symposium on Wednesday and Thursday, April 8-9, hosting Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Philip Caputo, among other literary luminaries.

The symposium, which is free and open to the public and marks its 20th anniversary this year, celebrates the best in military writing, books and ideas.

It brings together some of the nation’s leading military writers, historians and thinkers, who gather for a two-day residency on the campus of the country’s oldest private military college to share their work and discuss current affairs and military issues.

The William E. Colby Award winning book is also formally recognized during the symposium. The accolade, which includes a $5,000 cash prize, honors the best work of military nonfiction or fiction of the year by a first-time author.

This year’s winner is historian and U.S. Army War College professor Colonel Douglas V. Mastriano, PhD, for his book “Alvin York: A New Biography of the Hero of the Argonne.”

The theme of this year’s Colby symposium is “Cyber Warfare and Privacy: How Do We Keep the Balance Between the Rights of Citizens and the Security of the Nation?” Norwich University undergraduate and online graduate programs are consistently ranked among the best in the nation for cyber security education and are certified by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security as Centers of Academic Excellence (CAE).

The panel discussion, which is free and open to the public, is scheduled for Thursday, April 9, from 1-3 p.m. in Plumley Armory.

This year’s panelists include:

  • Author and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Philip Caputo. A guest of the inaugural symposium, Caputo has written 15 books, including two memoirs, five nonfiction books and eight novels including his acclaimed memoir of Vietnam, “A Rumor of War.”
  • Cheri Caddy, Director for Cybersecurity Policy Integration and Outreach, National Security Council, the White House. Caddy reports to the special advisor to the president for cybersecurity and shapes national policies related to improving cyber protections for federal agencies, state governments, the private sector and foreign partners. Caddy is a 1990 Norwich alumna.
  • Lewis “Bob” Sorley, PhD, a third-generation graduate of the United States Military Academy who has served on the faculties at West Point and the Army War College. He is the former CIA chief of policy and plans division and the author of several books including the Pulitzer Prize-nominated “A Better War: The Unexamined Victories and Final Tragedy of America’s Last Years in Vietnam.”

Founded in 1996 by Carlo D´Este and W.E.B. Griffin, the Colby Symposium has brought more than 100 authors, historians, and filmmakers to Norwich University in Northfield, Vt. The symposium is the only program of its kind at an American university.

“The William E. Colby Military Writers’ Symposium aims to expose Norwich students, faculty, alumni and the public to the works and views of authors, historians and national figures to educate, enlighten, and inspire,” D’Este says.

“Participants come to Norwich hoping to make a difference in the lives of our students through their interaction in a variety of lectures, social functions and lively in-class sessions. They also come to further the debate on current issues,” he adds.

The Colby Military Writers Symposium is frequently covered by C-Span Book TV. Last year, C-Span broadcast interviews with Colby panelists by journalist Mark Johnson of WDEV radio. Watch the video here.

Smithsonian Aviation Curator to Speak at Norwich about Lincoln Balloon Corps

Norwich University Office of Communications

March 12, 2015 

NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Norwich University’s Sullivan Museum and History Center, the state’s only Smithsonian Affiliate, will host Dr. Tom Crouch, Senior Curator of Aeronautics at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, for a lunch-and-learn on Wednesday, April 8 at noon in Milano Ballroom, located in Roberts Hall.

Crouch’s presentation, “Mr. Lincoln’s Air Force:  Military Aeronautics in the Civil War,” is free and open to the public. A light lunch will be served, and a book-signing will follow.

Abraham Lincoln held a life-long fascination with technology and during the Civil War seldom missed an opportunity to investigate new weapons or innovations. New England balloonist T.S.C. Lowe was able to demonstrate to Lincoln the role that observation balloons might play in providing improved reconnaissance for the Union Army. The President not only encouraged Lowe’s plan to form a Balloon Corps to serve with the Army of the Potomac, but intervened on his behalf when military officials proved less than enthusiastic about the experiment. With the assistance of the President, Lowe was able to create and equip the Balloon Corps, which saw extensive service from 1861 to 1863.

Copies of Crouch’s books “Lighter-Than-Air: An Illustrated History of Balloons and Airships,” and “The Bishop’s Boys: A Life of Wilbur and Orville Wright,” will be available for sale at the event.

Crouch holds a BA (1962) from Ohio University, an MA (1968) from Miami University and a PhD (1976) from the Ohio State University (all in history) and has been a Smithsonian employee since 1974. He is the author or editor of a number of books and many articles for both popular magazines and scholarly journals. These include “Eagle Aloft: Two Centuries of the Balloon in America” and “Wings: A History of Aviation from Kites to the Space Age.”

Crouch has also received a number of book awards including a 1989 Christopher Award, a literary prize recognizing “significant artistic achievement in support of the highest values of the human spirit,” for “The Bishop’s Boys: A Life of Wilbur and Orville Wright.” His book “Wings: A History of Aviation From Kites to the Space Age” won the AIAA Gardner-Lasser Literature Prize for 2005, an award presented to the best book selected in that year from all books in the field of aerospace history published in the last five years.

For more information, call the Sullivan Museum at (802) 485-2183, or email smhc@norwich.edu.  RSVPs encouraged, but not required.

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Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation’s six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC). www.norwich.edu

In fulfillment of Norwich’s mission to train and educate today’s students to be tomorrow’s global leaders and captains of industry, the Forging the Future campaign is committed to creating the best possible learning environment through state-of-the-art academics and world-class facilities. Learn more about the campaign and how to participate in the “Year of Service” here: bicentennial.norwich.edu  

Norwich to Host 56th Annual Vermont State Science and Math Fair

Norwich University Office of Communications

March 11, 2015

Norwich University will once again host this year’s Vermont State Science and Mathematics Fair (VSSMF) on Saturday, March 28. The day-long event runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., anchored in Norwich’s state-of-the-art science complex, Bartoletto Hall, with an awards ceremony in Dole Auditorium starting at 1:30 p.m.

The fair showcases the work of Vermont public, private and homeschool students in grades 5-12 who have won local science and math fair competitions. The students will display projects that tackle questions and pose solutions arising from the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Accepted projects at the state-wide fair will be independently evaluated by at least three judges over the course of the morning to determine winners for medals, cash, trips and scholarships.

Some 125 volunteer judges will be on hand. They include industry scientists and engineers, secondary education faculty, medical professionals, military personnel, retirees and other science-related professionals from across Vermont. All hold advanced degrees or have extensive experience in STEM fields.

Students compete for more than $10,000 in cash and prizes and $17,000 in trip awards and expenses donated by local organizations and $900,000 in scholarships to Vermont colleges. The fair is also affiliated with the International Science and Engineering Fair, and five other national and international competitions, which award additional prizes.

The event marks the only state-wide science and math fair for middle and high school students in Vermont.

“We are so passionate about fostering a love of the STEM fields from as early an age as possible,” said Carlos Pinkham, co-director of the Vermont State Science and Math Fair and professor emeritus of biology at Norwich University. “And as the country’s oldest private military college, which is rooted in experiential learning, Norwich University is the perfect setting for it.”

The VSSMF, sponsored by the Vermont Principals’ Association, is an all-volunteer, non-profit 501(c)(3) education organization supported by Norwich University and more than 100 other Vermont organizations, colleges and industry partners, all sharing the common vision to excite young Vermont minds about the STEM fields and the opportunities available to them to complete their STEM education and careers in Vermont.

For more information, please contact Carlos Pinkham at (802) 485-2319 or pinkhamc@norwich.edu or Tricia Finkle at scifair@norwich.edu.

This event is free and open to the public.

About the Vermont Principals’ Association

The Vermont Principals’ Association is a nonprofit alliance of education leaders who collaborate on mentoring, professional development and networking while overseeing Vermont’s co-curricular activities. The VPA coordinates the collective interests and needs of school leaders and enhances their professional growth and competency to help improve the quality of education for Vermont’s youth.

About Norwich

Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation’s six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC). www.norwich.edu

In fulfillment of Norwich’s mission to train and educate today’s students to be tomorrow’s global leaders and captains of industry, the Forging the Future campaign is committed to creating the best possible learning environment through state-of-the-art academics and world-class facilities. Learn more about the campaign and how to participate in the “Year of Service” here: bicentennial.norwich.edu

Norwich University’s Master of Science in Information Security & Assurance Ranked Among Best

Norwich University Office of Communications

March 5, 2015 

NORTHFIELD, Vt. – The online Master of Science in Information Security & Assurance program at Norwich University’s College of Graduate and Continuing Studies ranks seventh in a recent report compiled by TheBestSchools.org on “The 25 Best Online Master of Information Assurance and Security Degree Programs.” The selection was based on several factors, including academic excellence, course offerings, faculty strengths and reputation.

Norwich University’s Master of Science in Information Security & Assurance program helps working adults interested in the many aspects of information security to develop the business acumen and management skills needed to pursue leadership positions in information security and assurance. Emphasis is placed on best practices in information security technology, organizational structure and policy development, the regulatory environment and compliance, and management strategies.

Notable about the schools highlighted in TheBestSchools.org report is their academic excellence designations. Norwich University, also recognized as a best school for cybersecurity by the Ponemon Institute in 2014, is certified by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security as Centers of Academic Excellence (CAE). The national CAE designation program promotes higher education in information assurance, cyber defense and digital forensics.

“This accolade from TheBestSchools.org is a true testament to Norwich University’s legacy as a leader in information assurance education,” said William Clements, dean of the College of Graduate and Continuing Studies. “Our alumni go on to achieve prominent careers in a range of technology-focused areas in the military, private, and public sectors around the world.”

About TheBestSchools.org

TheBestSchools.org, an independent organization, is a resource for prospective students seeking a college or university degree on campus or online. Its editors have extensive experience in teaching, research, and publishing at the university level.

About Norwich

Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation’s six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC). www.norwich.edu

In fulfillment of Norwich’s mission to train and educate today’s students to be tomorrow’s global leaders and captains of industry, the Forging the Future campaign is committed to creating the best possible learning environment through state-of-the-art academics and world-class facilities. Learn more about the campaign and how to participate in the “Year of Service” here: bicentennial.norwich.edu    

Norwich University’s College of Graduate and Continuing Studies (CGCS) builds upon the institution’s 196 year academic heritage with innovative online programs. CGCS offers master’s degrees in a variety of areas; bachelor’s degree completion programs; a certificate in teaching and learning and continuing education opportunities. The programs are recognized throughout the industry for their rigor, small class size, high student satisfaction and retention. online.norwich.edu

Norwich University Partners with UK Developer of New Cyber Intelligence Tool

Daphne Larkin | Office of Communications

March 3, 2015

NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Norwich University, the oldest private military college in the U.S. and ranked second best in the country for cyber security courses and degree programs, has partnered with Silobreaker to use their online threat intelligence product in their cyber forensics classes.

Silobreaker’s cyber security product collects vast volumes of open source data from news, blogs, feeds and social media and provides the tools and visualizations for analyzing and making sense of such data. Students are able to cut through the data noise and extract meaningful and timely insights related to cyber events and the motivations behind them.

Currently used by more than 80 Norwich students, Norwich University offers the product across all their cyber security classes including Cyber Criminalistics, Cyber Investigation and Network Forensics. Students are taught how to apply Silobreaker to intelligence gathering in the context of their investigations and are required to use the technology throughout their independent research projects.

“In order to maintain our excellence in cyber security research and training, we need to stay on top of the latest emerging technologies,” said Aron Temkin, dean of the College of Professional Schools. “Silobreaker is a powerful tool that is both user-friendly and flexible enough to fit within our cyber education programs.”

“Students can get useful output quickly, and we do not have to turn a semester forensics class into a ‘How To Use Silobreaker’ session,” said Dr. Peter Stephenson, CCFP, CISSP, director of the University’s Center for Advanced Computing and Digital Forensics. “Cyber events do not occur in a vacuum. There is context around them that often is hard to see. Silobreaker solves that. It cuts through the mass of information available on the Internet and helps our students get to the meat of an issue quickly and with a variety of ways of accessing and displaying it. This is a new way to look at cyber forensics.”

Kristofer Månsson, CEO and Co-Founder of Silobreaker adds: “By offering Silobreaker as part of their studies, Norwich University is addressing the need for a more holistic approach to threat intelligence in cyber security. This partnership showcases the power of Silobreaker to provide relevant context beyond the technical parameters of a threat, hack or a new malware. Understanding the threat landscape and anticipating potential risks will unquestionably also require the analysis of geopolitics, business and world events, which often influence and prompt attacks. We are excited to continue working with Norwich University and to open up the young minds of tomorrow to the ever-evolving cyber landscape”

About Silobreaker

Silobreaker is a data analytics company specializing in cyber security and risk intelligence. The company’s products help intelligence professionals to make sense of the overwhelming amount of data available today on the web. Silobreaker collects large volumes of open source data from news, blogs, feeds and social media and provides the tools and visualizations for analyzing and contextualizing such data. Customers save time by working more efficiently through big data-sets and improve their expertise and knowledge from examining and interpreting the data more easily. For more information, please see www.silobreaker.com.

For more press information about Silobreaker, please contact:

Robert Atkinson, robert.atkinson@silobreaker.com, +44 (0) 870 366 6737

Twitter: @Silobreaker

Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation’s six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC). www.norwich.edu

In fulfillment of Norwich’s mission to train and educate today’s students to be tomorrow’s global leaders and captains of industry, the Forging the Future campaign is committed to creating the best possible learning environment through state-of-the-art academics and world-class facilities. Learn more about the campaign and how to participate in the “Year of Service” here: bicentennial.norwich.edu

Norwich Partners with US Army Reserves for Cyberdefense Training

Norwich has been selected as one of six universities in the nation to develop curricula to train the cybersecurity experts of the future.
Daphne Larkin | Office of Communications

February 12, 2015

NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Norwich University has officially partnered with the United States Army Reserves (USAR) to develop cyber-education curricula that align with federal standards and cybersecurity needs.

Norwich University has been selected as one of six universities in the nation to lead a USAR public/private partnership effort, called Cyber P3, in an effort to foster the intellectual development of future leaders.

Norwich University will specifically focus on its successes as a nationally recognized cyber education Center of Excellence. The goal of the partnership will be to collaborate, develop and integrate cyber-education programs to meet the needs of the USAR into existing undergraduate and graduate courses in cyber security and information assurance.

Training Cyberwarriors

“With this partnership and cooperation, our students will learn the specific competencies needed to build and defend both privately operated networks and those under the purview of the USAR,” said Phil Susmann, director of Norwich University Applied Research Institutes and vice president of strategic partnerships.

“Our cyber course offerings will map to the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities pathways to achieve depth and breadth of cyber security education that aligns with the USAR’s need for these capabilities.”

“Our efforts will enhance the development of the skill sets necessary to defend and secure the nation’s critical cyber-based systems.”

In a partnership formalized on Tuesday, Feb. 10 on Capitol Hill, Norwich University joins the University of Washington, George Mason University, the University of Texas at San Antonio, Drexel University and the University of Colorado – Colorado Springs as six centers of cybersecurity training for the U.S. Army Reserve.

Strong Demand

“The demand for these individuals and units far outpaces the current cyber soldier and unit inventory,” said Lt Gen Jeffery Talley, Chief of the United States Army Reserve. “The GAO estimates that there is currently a need for 40,000 cybersecurity professionals just to satisfy the government’s demand. The current DoD and Army school systems do not provide the through-put or advanced skills required for the USAR, so this will be a means of resolving this issue and filling the demand.

“Each of these schools was chosen for their excellence in cybersecurity research, teaching and their experience in helping the public and private sectors address cybersecurity issues.”

“This partnership places Vermont and Norwich University squarely at the intersection of the public and private natures of our nation’s critical systems, most of which depend on cyber systems,” said Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.). “America’s online connectivity that allows the free exchange of ideas, commerce, learning, and other interactions is one of our greatest strengths and assets. Vermont is known for its citizen soldiers, and Norwich University is known for providing the education necessary for success both as community leaders and in service to nation, so who better to defend the nation’s cyber systems?”

Each school in the Cyber P3i will work with local reserve units to take reservists through a rigorous cybersecurity curriculum. This program will give the reservists the training necessary to receive foundational cyber skills and potential equivalency for cyber Military Occupational Specialty Qualification, which would enable them to become specialists in the Army. They will also have the opportunity to enroll at the schools with scholarships provided through the program and the G.I. Bill.

Long-range goals for the program will look at building cybersecurity research and training laboratories in each of the partner institutions and formalizing job-placement procedures for graduates of the program.

Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation’s six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC). www.norwich.edu

In fulfillment of Norwich’s mission to train and educate today’s students to be tomorrow’s global leaders and captains of industry, the Forging the Future campaign is committed to creating the best possible learning environment through state-of-the-art academics and world-class facilities. Learn more about the campaign and how to participate in the “Year of Service” here: bicentennial.norwich.edu

Photo information

David Colberg (left), representative from EMC Corporation, and Gordon Sullivan (right), chairman of the board of trustees for Norwich University, sign the statement of support signifying the beginning of the partnership with the Army Reserve to educate and employ cyber Soldiers during the Army Reserve Private Public Partnership Cyber Security Signing Ceremony held on Capitol Hill, Washington, February 10, 2015. The event hosted by Congress will establish and strengthen partnerships with top-tier universities, employers, and Army Reserve Cyber Soldiers and units. U.S. Army Photo by Staff Sgt. Shejal Pulivarti