By Shaun Waterman
UNITED PRESS INTERNATIONAL
November 13, 2008
The general in charge of the U.S. Air Force's cyberwarfare effort says
plans for his unit have been scaled back because staff who would have
been used to set up a cybercommand will be allocated to the service's
new nuclear command instead.
Air Force Cyber Command was to be established as a major command
alongside the service's space, air-combat and other commands -- last
month. However, those plans were suspended over the summer after Defense
Secretary Robert M. Gates fired the Air Force's civilian and military
leaders because of lapses in the security of the nation's nuclear
Last month, plans for a full-fledged major command for cyberwarfare were
The Pentagon's Armed Forces News Service reported on Oct. 8 that a
gathering of the service's leadership in Colorado was told that
cyberoperations would be a numbered Air Force component -- one step down
from a major command in organizational terms.
Maj. Gen. William T. Lord, commander of Air Force Cyber Command, told
United Press International that the change helped solve the
organizational challenge of creating a new nuclear command "with the
manpower that was going to be allocated to make cybercommand a major air
command allocated instead to fix the more pressing problem... [of]
making sure that people are comfortable that we in fact have our eye on
the ball of our nuclear enterprise."
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