“The challenge is ensuring we retain our very best. Those very best are often exponentially better than their peers—10 or 20 times better. They’re coders, they’re forensic and malware analysts, they’re developers, they’re operators who are x times better than those to their left or right. Those are the folks we must ensure we retain. They are the ones we are in fierce competition to keep. . . .
“The return on investment the cyber force has brought over the last several years is a direct result of the accomplishments of the talented cyber workforce provided by the services. Talent management is key. We have learned that financial incentives retain people, but not necessarily the most talented people. Keeping the best of the best focused on the hardest but most rewarding aspects of our unique missions is one of our best retention tools. Over the coming year we will engage the services to continue building a manpower model to support retaining the most talented professionals.”
GEN. PAUL M. NAKASONE
Commander, U.S. Cyber Command and Director, National Security Agency/Chief, Central Security Service