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New Military Command to Focus on Cybersecurity

New Military Command to Focus on Cybersecurity
New Military Command to Focus on Cybersecurity 

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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