Pictured left to right: Lt. Gen. Jay B. Silveria Superintendent of the United States Air Force Academy, Capt. Justin Raynon, Cadet James Lynch, Gen. Paul M. Nakasone, Commander U.S. Cyber Command, and Director, National Security Agency/Chief, Central Security Service. (U.S. Air Force photo/Joshua Armstrong)

The National Security Agency announced the U.S. Air Force Academy is the winner of the 2019 NSA Cyber Exercise — a three-day competition that tests cyber warrior skills.

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 exercise, held Apr. 15-17 at the Air Force Academy.

“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, in a news release issued Apr. 19 by the NSA. “We commend them for their dedication to service in protecting the nation from ever-evolving cyber threats.”

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, according to the NSA release. 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.

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