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Call of cyber duty: Military academies compete against NSA in high-tech security drill

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    United States Military Academy cadet Kiefer Ragay stands in a projection of data results, as he talks to fellow cadets at the Cyber Research Center at the United States Military Academy in West Point, N.Y., Wednesday, April 9, 2014. The West Point cadets are fending off cyber attacks this week as part of an exercise involving all the service academies. The annual Cyber Defense Exercise requires teams from the five service academies to create computer networks that can withstand attacks from the National Security Agency and the Department of Defense. (AP Photo/Mel Evans) (The Associated Press)

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    A United States Military Academy cadet checks computers at the Cyber Research Center at the United States Military Academy in West Point, N.Y., Wednesday, April 9, 2014. The West Point cadets are fending off cyber attacks this week as part of an exercise involving all the service academies. The annual Cyber Defense Exercise requires teams from the five service academies to create computer networks that can withstand attacks from the National Security Agency and the Department of Defense. (AP Photo/Mel Evans) (The Associated Press)

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    United States Military Academy cadet Brian Petty, left, watches data on a computers with, fellow cadets, at the Cyber Research Center at the United States Military Academy in West Point, N.Y., Wednesday, April 9, 2014. The West Point cadets are fending off cyber attacks this week as part of an exercise involving all the service academies. The annual Cyber Defense Exercise requires teams from the five service academies to create computer networks that can withstand attacks from the National Security Agency and the Department of Defense. (AP Photo/Mel Evans) (The Associated Press)

A team of West Point cadets is fending off cyberattacks this week as part of an exercise involving the nation's service academies.

The annual Cyber Defense Exercise requires teams from all five service academies to create computer networks that can withstand attacks from the National Security Agency. The academy that mounts the best defense during the five-day exercise receives a trophy.

The competition might lack the lore of the Army-Navy football game, but West Point officials say the cadets will employ their sharpened cyber skills when they become Army officers.

West Point has won the trophy six times since 2001. Air Force won last year.

The exercises run through Thursday.

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