[ISN] US spy boss pushes for unified cyber-command center

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_private>
Date: Thu, 7 May 2009 00:33:02 -0500 (CDT)

By Dan Goodin in San Francisco 
The Register
6th May 2009

The US military wants to create a unified digital command center in 
Maryland as part of a push to reorganize its offensive and defensive 
cyber operations.

The center would be located at the Army's Fort Meade and would be a 
sub-unit of the US Strategic Command, Lieutenant General Keith 
Alexander, director of the National Security Agency, told a House Armed 
Services subcommittee on Tuesday. Its mission would be to protect the US 
military computers by blending offensive and defensive capabilities of 
the Pentagon and the NSA.

The ultra-secretive NSA has come under fire over the past few weeks for 
comments by the Obama administration's top intelligence official that 
the agency should become the lead agency in protecting the country's 
power grids and other critical infrastructure.

Alexander has since taken pains to assure critics that his agency 
doesn't want to run or operate civilian networks. On Tuesday, he renewed 
those efforts, saying the NSA wanted only to use its expertise to 
provide technical support to the Department of Homeland Security.


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