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Red, White, and Blue: Attack and Defense Competition Training

US Cyber Games March 7, 2024
Season III, US Cyber Team Spring Training Camp

Season III, US Cyber Team Spring Camp

The red, white, and blue met in Washington D.C. over President’s Day Weekend to focus on just the red and the blue...attack and defense competition training, that is!

After landing in the Nation’s capital, athletes, coaches, mentors, and support staff got checked into the hotel and made their way to Dark Wolf Solutions’ Washington DC office for a welcome party before the real work got started. A big thank you goes out to our Season III, CTF Coaching Lead, Jacob Elliott, for pulling some strings with his colleagues at Dark Wolf to plan such a wonderful start to our weekend.

> Dark Wolf Solutions Welcome Party


The party didn’t last long, however, as athletes and coaches were eager to get back to the conference room at our hotel to get started on the LA CTF at 11:00 PM. The laptops were out, the energy drinks were flowing, snacks were a plenty, and the competition was on! Most of the athletes fought the urge for some sleep in favor of a few more solves, and by the end of the night, the US Cyber Team was Top 3 in the competition.

> Attack & Defense Strategy & Training at Battelle 


As we moved into the heart of the weekend, RvB Coaching Lead, Chris Haller, RvB Sr. Technical Mentor, Tyler Flaagan, and Head Coach, Josh Brunty had every minute planned. Saturday started with a wonderful discussion around lessons learned from recent competitions, followed by a tool review and development updates, some CVE findings, and they wrapped up with attack and defense strategy. A short break back at the hotel ensued, but only long enough for the smack talk to build around another kind of competition... BOWLING!

> Having Fun


Just like in seasons past, our final day of the February Training Camp, Sunday, was all about scrimmaging. The scrimmage environment was prepped, the teams were decided, and the action was competitive! A special shoutout is needed for SIII athlete, Josiah Sterns, for his impressive work building out the environment, to all of our coaches and mentors for their support in developing the services/ challenges, and to Season III sponsor, Battelle, for hosting us at their offices all weekend.

The Spring Training Camp for the Season III, US Cyber Team was a huge success and gave us—as a team—the chance to collaborate with each other," notes Chris Haller, Season III, US Cyber Team RvB Coaching Lead. "Reflecting on previous seasons gives us the direction we need for the future on how to compete effectively as a team to win. I can’t even begin to describe my excitement for this season from these young professionals and I’m immensely grateful to help lead them!

US Cyber Games would like to thank Raytheon (Saturday lunch), Dakota State University (RvB Platform), and Vocelle Pizza (Sunday lunch) for their contributions to this event.