[ISN] U.S. CyberCom launches with first commander

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Date: Tue, 25 May 2010 00:37:04 -0500 (CDT)

By Lance Whitney
Military Tech
CNet News
May 24, 2010

With Army Gen. Keith Alexander named as its first commander, U.S. Cyber 
Command has a challenging mission and Alexander a demanding job.

Receiving a promotion to four-star general, Alexander on Friday was 
officially given the reins of U.S. Cyber Command by Defense Secretary 
Robert Gates during a ceremony in Fort Meade, Md. That signaled the 
initial launch of the division, which won't be up to full capability 
until October 1.

The mission of U.S. Cyber Command, or CyberCom, is to synchronize the 
Defense Department's various networks and cyberspace operations to 
better defend them against the onslaught of cyberattacks.

"Given our increasing dependency on cyberspace, this new command will 
bring together the resources of the department to address 
vulnerabilities and meet the ever-growing array of cyberthreats to our 
military systems," Gates said in a statement.

Last June, Gates approved the birth of Cyber Command as a unified, 
subdivision of U.S. Strategic Command to manage the Defense Department's 
resources of 15,000 computer networks across 4,000 military bases in 88 
countries. The launching of U.S. CyberCom had been stalled, awaiting 
Senate confirmation of Alexander. But with Senate approval having been 
cleared on May 7, CyberCom is now free to open for business.


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