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has projected growth to 700 employees in the coming
years. The domino effect continued when TaxSlayer
announced that they would relocate more than 100 of their
software developers and administrators into the old YMCA
space, a multi-million dollar investment in a 40,000 square
foot facility that will serve as their innovation campus.
The AU seal is now on top of the old Wells Fargo building. The building houses AU long-term partnership employees representing companies like Philips, Beckman Coulter
Inc., and Cerner. Augusta University President Dr. Brooks
Keel assures me this is just another step toward building
AU’s presence downtown and the progress will continue as
they prepare for what he calls the incoming “cyber tsunami.” AU now offers an IT degree in Cybersecurity on post at
Fort Gordon. AU recently announced a new school of
Computer and Cyber Sciences, a new Masters of
Information Security Management, and a new Masters of
Intelligence and Security Studies. The first class of cybersecurity students from the new school just graduated in May
2018 and enrollment in this program has doubled.
Additionally, the university is working to interweave cybersecurity research into the medical device and big data
world of healthcare. This is a unique niche for AU as it is
also home to the Medical College of Georgia.
Strong Roots at the Department of Defense
Gen. Paul Nakasone, recently confirmed as the new
Commander of U.S. Cyber Command and Director of the
NSA, is no stranger to Augusta and Fort Gordon. He
served in the U.S. Army for more than 30 years and has
been working in the field of military cyber operations for
well over a decade. He is highly decorated and highly
respected. General Nakasone had also previously served at
Fort Gordon, where he was a signals intelligence Battalion
Commander from 2002-2004, forming key partnerships
between the Army and the National Security Agency during the early days of the Iraq War.
The general spoke last fall at Cyber Georgia, an annual
event hosted by AU. In his remarks, he mentioned his time
in Augusta saying that his four children grew up and were
educated there and that being in Augusta felt like coming
back home. He also talked about the opportunity facing the
region and how opportunity grows out of a confluence of
events, like what we’re witnessing now.
Gen. Stephen Fogarty, a native of Georgia, recently
assumed command of U.S. Army Cyber Command and is
the right commander with unique experience to oversee
that unit’s relocation. He was first assigned to Fort Gordon
in 2005, where he served for two years as commander of the
116th Military Intelligence Brigade and NSA Georgia. He
returned from 2014-2016 as the commanding general of the
Cyber Center of Excellence and of Fort Gordon.
The federal government has invested over $200 million to build a new world class headquarters for Army
Cyber Command on Fort Gordon that will consolidate its
global operations all over the world and defend a large
network of 1.1 million end-users. The new facility is
being built in close physical proximity and partnership
with NSA Georgia and is scheduled to be ready in 2020.
This is part of a nearly $2 billion overall investment in the
post that is set to transform the location over the next
decade, making it the absolute center of gravity for the
U.S Army in Cyberspace.
The relationship between the Army and our intelligence agencies has always existed and been necessary,
but this new coordination strategy between the military
and cyber is one that we have not seen in the past.
Sustainability and Success
The tsunami that Dr. Keel talked about is real. Over the
last decade, Augusta-Richmond County and Fort Gordon
have seen a major investment and expansion by NSA
Georgia. Fort Gordon was named the US Army Cyber
Center of Excellence and the Army is establishing Fort
Gordon as the Headquarters of Army Cyber Command.
The federal government is planning $2 billion worth of
investments and improvements on post, the state has
invested $100 million in Georgia’s Cyber Center downtown
and the city supported $15 million in bonds for a parking
deck. Now we are seeing the education community and
the private sector step up their game and, as a result,
Augusta is leading the country and the race to become the
world’s cybersecurity capital.
J U LY / A U G U S T 2 0 1 8
Former U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., is a partner with DLA
Piper LLP in Atlanta.


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