The U.S. Cyber Command – or CYBERCOM – officially became operational in late May.
But observers inside the military and out still aren’t sure what the command is supposed to do: protect the Pentagon’s networks, strike out at enemies, seal up civilian vulnerabilities, or some combination of all three.
CYBERCOM officials insist they have no interest in taking over the security of the Internet, but Pentagon officials have floated the idea the Defense Department might start a protective program for civilian networks.
U.S. Cyber Command is calling for a higher seat on the military’s org chart.
A memo obtained by Federal News Radio looks at what Pentagon leaders wanted and explicitly didn’t want in reforming the Defense Department.
Most planning documents about defending the homeland from foreign threats pre-date the cyber era, leaving some confusion about which element of the military would be in charge during a cyber attack. DoD says it’s addressing those discrepancies.
President Barack Obama’s nominee to take charge of U.S. Strategic Command told the Senate Armed Forces Committee that the Pentagon needs to double down on its strategic advantage in space and cyberspace to stay ahead of its adversaries.
U.S. Cyber Command is creating a 10 person team to handle the $75 million a year it will have for acquisition.
U.S. Cyber Command is moving forward on new powers granted by Congress to directly spend up to $75 million on cyber capabilities, equipment and services.
The government’s top ethics official says President Trump still hasn’t provided sufficient documentation of his plan to divest his business holdings.
Putting CYBERCOM on an even playing field with the rest of the Defense Department’s combatant commands has serious implications.
U.S. Cyber Command and National Security Agency Director Adm. Mike Rogers seems open to the idea of changing the leadership structure he currently heads.