The U.S. Army has appointed Michael Sulmeyer as the service branch’s new principal cyber adviser, taking the helm from Terry Mitchell who was appointed to the position in September 2020.
In the new position, Sulmeyer will advise the secretary of the Army and chief of staff on cybersecurity matters including implementation of various items tasked in the 2018 Department of Defense (DoD) cyber strategy.
Sulmeyer comes to the role with several years of experience in the cyber realm. Recently, he was an advisor to Gen. Paul Nakasone, the commander of U.S. Cyber Command and director of the National Security Agency, according to his Linked In page. In addition, he also served briefly as special assistant to the president and senior director for cyber policy.
Congress created the principal cyber adviser role through the National Defense Authorization Act of 2020. Each military branch then appointed a principal cyber adviser, to better synchronize oversight over the services’ cyber activities. Mitchell was the first person appointed to the position in the Army.
During his tenure, Mitchell helped certify budget components and integrate the Army’s policies with the DoD’s Cyber Strategy.