Encouraging Creativity in the Cyber Realm

Rodney D. Harris


CSM Rodney D. Harris grew up in Texas and joined the Army as a means of broadening himself and serving his country as an Infantryman. He served as Operations Sergeant Major during Operation Iraqi Freedom II with 1-9 CAV, and as a Command Sergeant Major with 1-12 CAV during OIF 06-08, 177th Armor Brigade, the United States Corps of Cadets at West Point, 8th Army, and CJTF-8. He is currently assigned as the Command Sergeant Major of the United States Army Cyber Command. In this interview, he briefly covers his junior enlisted service and his leadership philosophy, before talking about his role as the Cyber Command, Command Sergeant Major. He discusses the creation of the Cyber Branch and how the branch is drawing new talent. He examines current technology and the requirement for maintaining a technological edge, and the resultant importance of the Army Cyber Institute. He describes the type of creative individuals this new command requires, and how it fits into the broader Army and national security structure.


topics Cyber Security and Warfare Character Leadership
interviewer David Siry
date 26 October 2015


name Rodney D. Harris
service Infantry
unit U.S. Army Cyber Command
service dates 1986