22 Jun '16, 8pm

DoD Recommendation on Unified Cyber Command Expected Soon

DoD Recommendation on Unified Cyber Command Expected Soon

Nearly six years after the cyber warrior force – made up of personnel from all four service branches and the U.S. Coast Guard – became fully operational as a subordinate unit of USSTRATCOM, House Armed Services Committee Chairman Rep. Mac Thornberry, R- Texas, is asking: “Isn’t it time for CYBERCOM to stand on its own as a combatant command?” Thornberry posed the question Wednesday to Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense Thomas Atkin, senior advisor to Defense Secretary Ash Carter on cyber warfare, whose response indicates the Pentagon is leaning in that direction. “The simple answer is ‘Yes’,” Atkin told Thornberry, though followed with some remarks suggesting it might not be so cut and dry. “We are continuing to look at that within the department,” he said. “The secretary … has been evaluating whether to stand up cyber, or recommend to the president stand up CYBERCOM as...

Full article: http://www.defensetech.org/2016/06/22/dod-recommendation-...

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