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Joint Publication 3-12 states that Cyberspace consists of many overlapping networks and can be described in three layers: the physical network, the logical network, and the cyber-persona layer. The Cyber Leader Development Program (CLDP) grew out of a need to recognize and identify junior officers with an academic background applicable to Cyberspace.

The Goal of the Cyber Leader Development Program is to create a framework for cyber enrichment and extracurricular opportunities to holistically develop, grow, and inspire emerging Army leaders to succeed in the technical domain of cyberspace. This program is not specific to the Cyber Branch, it helps the Army grow capacity in all branches and will assist with building cyber leaders for the Nation.

The CLDP prescribes a framework of cyber-related activities, outside the traditional classroom environment, and recognizes Cadets with the C1 Skill Identifier upon completion of the program.

Cadets with the following academic backgrounds are encouraged to join CLDP.

  • Cyber-related Major or Minor in the following disciplines:
    • Computer Science
    • Information Technology
    • Electrical Engineering
    • Systems Engineering
    • Math
    • Cybersecurity

  • Otherwise five or more courses in the following topics:
    • Computer Programming
    • Computer Networking
    • Cryptography
    • Discrete Mathematics
    • Cybersecurity

Cadets majoring in disciplines other than those listed above should seek out a mentor to see if they are eligible to earn the identifier without significant change to their academic plans.

Other program requirements for CLDP include:
  • Be a U.S. Citizen – with eligibility for a Top Secret security clearance
  • Participation in a cyber-related internship lasting three weeks or more
  • Participation in a Cybersecurity club or study group for two academic years
  • Attendance at a Cybersecurity training event or conference
  • Participation in a significant Cybersecurity project or capstone

The CLDP Listserv, the official way to share and archive emails within the CLDP community, facilitates the discussion of issues related to the cyber domain. Additionally, the CLDP Listserv serves as a tracking mechanism for Professors of Military Science and ROTC Brigades.

Given the ability to ask questions and receive guidance through the Listserv, Cadets can enroll in the program with ease and minimal oversight from their Professor of Military Science. Cadets should expect that the required cyber-related activities will span at least two academic years. Due to this lengthy timeline, Professors of Military Science should encourage Cadets who show interest in the Cyberspace domain to join CLDP as early as possible within their academic careers. Cadets only need to sign up for the CLDP Listserv with their .edu email address for enrollment.