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NEWS | Jan. 5, 2022

CYBERCOM Announces Academic Engagement Network Partners

By U.S. Cyber Command Public Affairs

U.S. Cyber Command (CYBERCOM) will officially announce its newest Academic Engagement Network (AEN) college and university partners from 34 states and the District of Columbia this week.

CYBERCOM’s Executive Director David Frederick will host a virtual event formally inviting the command’s newest partners into the Academic Engagement Network on Thursday, January 6, 2022. During the event, partners will receive details on how the command intends to implement the program over the next nine months. They will also receive details on specific programs and plans available to faculty and students.

  • 84 – Institutions
  • 34 – States & D.C.
    • 8 – Federal / Military
    • 76 – Non-Federal
      • 14 – Community Colleges
      • 70 – Four Year/Graduate Institutions
    • 9 – Minority Serving Institutions

In total 84 colleges and universities were selected to partner with the command and components. Partners consist of 70 universities, 14 community colleges, nine minority serving institutions, four military service academies, and four military war and staff colleges. 

“Cyber Command’s goal for the AEN is to strengthen our relationships and communication with these participating institutions,” said Frederick. “This will improve and sustain our efforts to meet cyberspace educational requirements and workforce needs.”

The command intends to use the AEN to support and enhance four primary lines of effort (LOE): future workforce, applied cyber research, applied analytics, and strategic issues. These LOEs are intended to serve as an investment in creating a robust and accessible pool of qualified cyber professionals. With our academic partners, we can shape our cyber workforce while supporting the command’s mission.

Strong partnerships supported by talented and skilled people are vital to remain agile and ready in the cyber domain. The AEN extends partnerships to institutions through collaboration and access to CYBERCOM via scheduled events and engagements with command staff, the Cyber National Mission Force, and our four component commands.

Frederick added that this network will further enable us to shape and enhance cyber-focused innovation with partnerships and support the DoD’s ongoing strategic dialogue on cyberspace.

The next round of partner applications will start accepting submissions on July 1, 2022. For more information about CYBERCOM’s AEN program, interested participants can visit:

The network leveraged various existing relationships with institutions of higher education as part of our CYBERCOM’s overall Academic Engagement Strategy.

Since 2012, the command has hosted more than 105 interns from the U.S. military service academies. Beginning in 2020, more than 25 civilian summer college interns and recent graduates also participated in other command internship programs. Additionally, high school juniors, seniors, and undergraduate students have participated in programs and projects via the command’s partnership with DreamPort.

Media interested in participating in a follow on media round table should contact the U.S. Cyber Command public affairs office at by Friday, January 7, 2022 with your request.


U.S. Cyber Command Academic Engagement Network Partners Institutions. As of 11 JAN 2022

Air Force Academy Johnson County Community College The University of Alabama
Air Force Cyber College Kansas State University The University of Alabama in Huntsville
Alexandria Technical & Community College Lord Fairfax Community College Towson University
American Public University System Loyola University Chicago University of North Georgia Institute for Cyber Operations
Assumption University Marshall University University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Augusta University Mercer University University of California, Santa Cruz
Austin Peay State University Middle Tennessee State University University of Cincinnati
Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania Mississippi State University University of Colorado Colorado Springs
Canisius College Morgan State University University of Colorado Denver
Cedarville University National Defense University University of Idaho
City University Seattle Naval Postgraduate School University of Louisville 
Coast Guard Academy New York University Tandon School of Engineering University of Maryland
College of Southern Maryland Northeast Alabama Community College University of Maryland Carey School of Law
Colorado School of Mines Northeastern University University of North Carolina Wilmington
Dakota State University Northwestern State University University of South Florida
DePaul University Norwich University University of Texas San Antonio
Eastern New Mexico University-Ruidoso Branch Community College Pace University University of Washington Bothell
Fayetteville Technical Community College Portland Community College University of West Florida
Florida Polytechnic University Portland State University University of Wisconsin-Madison
Fordham University Purdue University Global US Army War College
George Mason University Rochester Institute of Technology US Naval Academy
Glendale Community College AZ Sam Houston State University Virginia Military Institute 
Green River College San Antonio College Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Howard Community College Southern University and A&M College West Point 
Illinois Institute of Technology Tennessee Tech University West Virginia University
Iowa State University Texas A&M University Western Washington University
Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana The Catholic University of America Whatcom Community College
Johns Hopkins University Information Security Institute The Citadel Wichita State University