“[Sen. Patrick] Leahy noted that federal agencies in Washington are well aware of Norwich’s stellar reputation in the area of cybereducation.”

The Norwich Record | Summer 2019

In March, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) paid a visit to the Hill to announce $7.3M in federal cybersecurity grants to Norwich and the Norwich University Applied Research Institutes (NUARI) for the purpose of advancing  our cybersecurity programs. This award is the latest development in a two-decades-long relationship between the “cyber senator” and Norwich. I want to give great credit to Phil Susmann ’81 for his work as the president of NUARI to make these awards possible.

I had the distinct pleasure of introducing Sen. Leahy, who expressed his deep appreciation of our efforts to “keep the country safe” from cyber threats through critical education and training. He called Norwich the “tip of the spear” and our students our “lasting legacy,” not just for our generation, but for “generations to come.”

The grants include an Army Energy Resilience Contract ($499K) to fund the development of a research track on energy resilience that includes cybersecurity issues; a Reserve Forces Scholarship Program ($905K), which will help pay for cybersecurity training for members of the National Guard and military Reserve Forces through CGCS; and a DECIDE® Energy Contract ($5.9M) from the Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Air Force to help develop cybersecurity simulations for the energy sector.

Students receiving the cybersecurity scholarships are already in classes, and the energy resilience research started earlier this year. But the biggest new endeavor, the DECIDE project to expand simulation cyber tools to the energy sector, is now beginning and will continue for 36 months.

At the press conference, Leahy noted that federal agencies in Washington are well aware of Norwich’s stellar reputation in the area of cyber education and said that he will “keep sending the money” as long as we “keep getting the students,” stressing, “You can have the most advanced technology in the world, but you have to [have people who] know how to use it.”

For the past 27 years, I have put my best foot forward to help Norwich live up to its mission “to make moral, patriotic, efficient, and useful citizens, and to qualify them for all those high responsibilities resting upon a citizen of this free republic.” Although the threats to our nation have changed dramatically since this school’s founding in 1819, our commitment to combat them has not. Computers are the new weapons, and cyberspace is the new battleground. And the more we can do to protect ourselves and our infrastructure from attack, the safer we as a people and our country will be. Please join me in celebrating this wonderful opportunity to continue to be of service to America in the years and decades ahead.

Richard W. Schneider

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