By SIOBHAN GORMAN and YOCHI J. DREAZEN
The Wall Street Journal
APRIL 22, 2009
WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration plans to create a new military
command to coordinate the defense of Pentagon computer networks and
improve U.S. offensive capabilities in cyberwarfare, according to
current and former officials familiar with the plans.
The initiative will reshape the military's efforts to protect its
networks from attacks by hackers, especially those from countries such
as China and Russia. The new command will be unveiled within the next
few weeks, Pentagon officials said.
The move comes amid growing evidence that sophisticated cyberspies are
attacking the U.S. electric grid and key defense programs. A page-one
story in The Wall Street Journal on Tuesday reported that hackers
breached the Pentagon's biggest weapons program, the $300 billion Joint
Strike Fighter, and stole data. Lawmakers on the House Oversight and
Government Reform Committee wrote to the defense secretary Tuesday
requesting a briefing on the matter.
Lockheed Martin Corp., the project's lead contractor, said in a
statement Tuesday that it believed the article "was incorrect in its
representation of successful cyber attacks" on the F-35 program. "To our
knowledge, there has never been any classified information breach," the
statement said. The Journal story didn't say the stolen information was
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