By: Max Friedauer, AFA National Director and CP Coordinator
CyberPatriot had it’s beginnings in Florida with the first “Concept Demo” competition with seven Air Force JROTC and one Civil Air Patrol teams in Orlando from 26-27 February 2009. Since then we conducted a “Pilot National Deployment” with approx 200 teams participating and again conducted finals in Orlando from 18-19 February 2010. This coming school year we are going to “Full National Deployment,” with up to 500 team slots reserved in the “All-Service” Division for JROTC units of all the services and the Civil Air Patrol. In a separate, but parallel competition, we will have an “Open” Division available to up to 500 high school teams nationwide. Both competitions will culminate at an in-person Championship at the Gaylord National Resort to be held on 1-2 April 2011 in conjunction with the new CyberFutures Conference and Technology Exposition. Now that we are in “Full National Deployment” for CPIII, every state can show their stuff by continuing their participation and fielding as many teams as possible. This year the competition is open to all high schools, all service JROTC, and all civil air patrol units. We will accept the first 500 all service division and first 500 open division teams registered by 8 October 2010 unless the goal of 500 is reached earlier.
To find out more and sign up for this year’s competition go to http://www.uscyberpatriot.org/ and you will find additional links to the most current information. See especially: http://www.uscyberpatriot.org/CyberPatriot_AFA_Chapters.asp to find out how your chapter can make a big splash in the local community by supporting this remarkable program.
You may also contact us at email@example.com if you have any questions about the competition. A “frequently asked questions (FAQ)” document is provided at http://www.uscyberpatriot.org/CyberPatriot_FAQ.asp. We hope to see every JROTC, CAP, and high school from every state registered. We need new “Cyber Defenders” in our industries and government agencies, and this is your opportunity to get into this exciting and important field.
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