Military leaders embrace idea of cyber command

Cybersecurity is Topic A this week in the Defense Department.

Two of the military’s most tech-savvy leaders will tell Congress today that the Defense Department needs a cyber command to take the lead on digital warfare, according to a report by Lolita C. Baldor of the Associated Press.

In prepared testimony, Lt. Gen. Keith Alexander, director of the National Security Agency, says DOD needs more resources and training to help the services keep up with rapidly changing technologies.

The department largely depends on the technology industry to counter cyber threats, but that is not enough, said Lt. Gen. William Shelton, the Air Force’s chief of warfighting integration, according to his prepared testimony.

President Barack Obama is expected to announce the cyber command in days, sources say. According to Reuters, he is likely to appoint a four-star general to lead the command, which is expected to be part of the U.S. Strategic Command.

In time, the administration might look to move the cyber command into a different structure, focusing on the cyber and space arenas, says John Gilligan, a former Air Force chief information officer, in an article by Federal News Radio’s Jason Miller.

A point of reference: A blogger known as the Armchair Generalist cites a senior DOD official as saying that attacks against DOD or DOD-related sites have doubled in the last six months.

About the Author

John Monroe is Senior Events Editor for the 1105 Public Sector Media Group, where he is responsible for overseeing the development of content for print and online content, as well as events. John has more than 20 years of experience covering the information technology field. Most recently he served as Editor-in-Chief of Federal Computer Week. Previously, he served as editor of three sister publications: civic.com, which covered the state and local government IT market, Government Health IT, and Defense Systems.

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