[ISN] U.S. Cyber Command prepped to launch

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_private>
Date: Wed, 24 Mar 2010 00:47:10 -0600 (CST)

By Lance Whitney
CNet News
March 23, 2010 

Washingon's new U.S. Cyber Command is prepped and ready but is still 
waiting for Senate approval of its new commander before it can open for 

The new command would unify and administer the U.S. Department of 
Defense's vast computer networks to better defend against cyberattacks. 
In June, Defense Secretary Robert Gates approved the creation of Cyber 
Command as a unified, sub-division of U.S. Strategic Command to operate 
the Defense Department's information resources of 15,000 computer 
networks across 4,000 military bases in 88 countries.

Cyber Command is seen within the Defense Department as a vital 
reorganization needed to integrate its vast network of computing 
resources, which are currently operated separately. Appearing last week 
before the House Armed Services Committee's subcommittee on strategic 
forces, Air Force Gen. Kevin Chilton, the commander of U.S. Strategic 
Command, stressed the need to move away from the current segregation of 

"This segregation detracts from natural synergies and ignores our 
experience in organizing to operate in the air, land, sea, and space 
domains," said. "The establishment of U.S. CyberCom will remedy this 
problem in the cyber domain."


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