New cyber command to manage military networks

The Obama administration plans to direct the DOD to establish a cyber command to manage security for military computer networks, reports the Washington Post. The command would coordinate the security of military computer networks and develop new offensive cyberweapons, sources told the newspaper.

Plans for a reorganization necessary to establish the command are underway and a formal decision is expected soon. The Wall Street Journal first reported the plans on April 21.

The new arrangement would affect the U.S Strategic Command and the National Security Agency, which shares cybersecurity responsibility with the Defense Information Systems Agency. It remains to be determined whether the command’s leader would be a military commander with a four-star rank. The NSA is led by Army Lt. Gen. Keith Alexander, who has three stars.

The development follows a 60-day White House review of cybersecurity efforts.

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Reader Comments

Fri, Apr 24, 2009 Federal Employee The Ether

Great! Now, give us the FUNDING and we'll be able to fight back better.

Fri, Apr 24, 2009 Rob - W Atlanta Ga.

The right to PRIVACY is a fundamental part of FREEDOM. All those who don't know this concept or understand it, or, don't respect it, deserve to have their identity AND their deeds, EXPOSED; so that everyone knows who and what you are.

Fri, Apr 24, 2009 Joe Bonomo CT

I think you need to form the JCSC (Joint Cyber Security Command) with all tactical, industrial, R&D and non-tactical IT under it. Rotate a 4-Star NAVY and AF commander, with the No.2 deputy Army/MC (two or three star). All DOD, HSC, (including NOAA) agencies would be under it with a broken-line lateral relationship with NSA and CIA. Cyber attacks will probe the weakest point or come through so-called daily routine accesses or IT operations either at the tactical or non-tactical level.DOD web sites are the low point in the wall, as well as, DOD-Contractor links. One more thing;"SECNET probably ain't."

Fri, Apr 24, 2009

Alan's comment is symbolic of the lack of understanding the general public has about cyber threats. The problem isn't a political one. The problem is a chronic lack of funding over the past two decades for proper tools and personnel to secure the nation's networks. My observation is based on serving for 20 years in the Air Force working communication and computer network security and the last eight working as a's a money issue.

Fri, Apr 24, 2009 John and Sarah C. CA

Its Skynet!!!

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