Sunday August 07, 2016

President Prepares To Boost U.S. Military's Cyber Role

The Administration is planning to give more power to Pentagon’s Cyber Command so they can better develop cyber weapons and mount stronger electronic offensives/defensives. The move is expected to make the division, which has strong associations with the NSA, more self-reliant. Cyber attacks exercised by the organization thus far remain highly classified.

Cyber Command would be separated from the National Security Agency, a spy agency responsible for electronic eavesdropping, the officials said. That would give Cyber Command leaders a larger voice in arguing for the use of both offensive and defensive cyber tools in future conflicts. Both organizations are based at Fort Meade, Maryland, about 30 miles north of Washington, and led by the same officer, Navy Adm. Michael S. Rogers. A former senior intelligence official with knowledge of the plan said it reflects the growing role that cyber operations play in modern warfare, and the different missions of the Cyber Command and the NSA. The official spoke on condition of anonymity.