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National Security Agency Names U.S. Air Force Academy 2019 NSA Cyber Exercise Champion

Release No: PA-005-19 April 18, 2019
U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo. —

Three-day competition tests cyber warrior skills  

The National Security Agency today announced that the U.S. Air Force Academy is the winner of the 2019 NSA Cyber Exercise (NCX). More than 100 women and men from the U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy, and the U.S. Coast Guard participated in the three-day competition designed to develop and test cybersecurity skills. This year’s exercise was held April 15 -17 at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo.

“The women and men who participated in this year’s event represent the best and the brightest of the next generation of cyber warriors,” said Gen. Paul M. Nakasone, commander, U.S. Cyber Command, and director National Security Agency/chief, Central Security Service. “We commend them for their dedication to service in protecting the nation from ever-evolving cyber threats.”

Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) students from Texas A&M University, the University of North Georgia, and Norwich University also participated in NSA’s NCX as non-competing teams.

During the exercise, cadets and midshipmen engaged with NSA personnel to execute and evaluate cyber mission strategies and complete cyber operation scenarios in real-time. Exercise scenarios included forensics, cyber policy, data analysis, software development, cyber policy, and a cyber combat exercise. 

NSA’s NCX is a year-round cyber education program culminating with an unclassified exercise designed to reinforce the learning principles gained in the classroom. NCX provides an integrated program at the undergraduate level that helps to advance strategic cybersecurity through education and training to develop and test cybersecurity skills, teamwork, planning, communication, and decision making.  



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