By Kim Hart
The Washington Post
February 16, 2009
An Army lieutenant may be an expert at securing borders and warding off
enemies in a war zone. But when it comes to making sure hackers cannot
break into the military's communications network, officers may feel
To get a better grasp on technological threats, military officers,
agency heads and government contracting executives have found one of the
Defense Department's best-kept secrets: the National Defense University.
NDU is made up of four graduate-level colleges, including the National
War College, the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, and the Joint
Forces Staff College. But the largest college -- the Information
Resources Management College -- has grown the fastest over the past few
years because the skills it teaches are in such high demand.
Located on the District waterfront, at Fort Lesley J. McNair, the
college trains mid-career workers, in the public and private sectors,
how to leverage the newest consumer technologies as well as how to
protect vital information. This expertise used to be reserved for an
agency's chief information officer. But as tools like thumb drives,
Facebook, Twitter and voice over Internet Protocol phone services creep
into offices and bases, secure digital networks are becoming essential
for all employees.
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