The Washington Times on the Pentagon admitting it has cyber shortcomings after Syrian hackers hit Army web site:

Brad Carson, acting under secretary of defense for personnel and readiness, said Tuesday that top cyber professionals are often eager to leave the military for the private sector where they have a much higher earning potential.

“I don’t think we are meeting our cyber goals, both with quantity or quality,” Mr. Carson said at a Defense One event at the Ritz Carlton in Pentagon City.

Speaking more broadly about the military’s ability to recruit and retain the top talent, Mr. Carson said he’d like to see the service move to a recruiting system that’s based more on quality and less on quantity. As it stands now, services must meet a specific quota of new recruits every year, but no weight is given to the quality of those recruits.

He also said he’d like to do away with the “up-or-out” promotion schedule of some military specialties. While an infantryman reaches his peak performance in his late 20s or early 30s, some technology professionals may be at the pinnacle of their career in their 40s and 50s. Despite that, the military says they must leave if they aren’t able to promote to the next pay grade.

Mr. Carson suggested that service members be promoted when they hit certain career milestones, like getting a degree, rather than after a set number of years to allow troops more flexibility in their career timeline.

Interesting ideas Carson is brainstorming.