[ISN] StratCom wants DoD cyber units joined

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_private>
Date: Mon, 11 May 2009 01:15:53 -0500 (CDT)

By Bruce Rolfsen 
Staff writer
Air Force Times
May 10, 2009 

The head of U.S. Strategic Command, which oversees U.S. interests in 
space and cyberspace, believes the Defense Department needs to organize 
its cyber defensive and offensive capabilities under a single commander.

Air Force Gen. Kevin Chilton, who now oversees one of the 10 unified 
commands, put forth his suggestion May 7 in a Washington appearance 
before reporters.

Chilton made his case for a joint cyber command by drawing an analogy to 

In combat, no lines are drawn between an army’s offensive and defensive 
units; in the cyber world, though, the Defense Department fences off the 
unit running day-to-day operations and protecting networks, the Joint 
Task Force-Global Network Operations in Arlington, Va., from the unit 
with attack capabilities, the Joint Functional Component 
Commander-Network Warfare, part of the National Security Agency at Fort 
Meade, Md.

Chilton would like the joint command, likely headquartered at Fort 
Meade, to be part of Strategic Command, based at Offutt Air Force Base, 


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