By Dan Goodin in San Francisco
6th May 2009
The US military wants to create a unified digital command center in
Maryland as part of a push to reorganize its offensive and defensive
The center would be located at the Army's Fort Meade and would be a
sub-unit of the US Strategic Command, Lieutenant General Keith
Alexander, director of the National Security Agency, told a House Armed
Services subcommittee on Tuesday. Its mission would be to protect the US
military computers by blending offensive and defensive capabilities of
the Pentagon and the NSA.
The ultra-secretive NSA has come under fire over the past few weeks for
comments by the Obama administration's top intelligence official that
the agency should become the lead agency in protecting the country's
power grids and other critical infrastructure.
Alexander has since taken pains to assure critics that his agency
doesn't want to run or operate civilian networks. On Tuesday, he renewed
those efforts, saying the NSA wanted only to use its expertise to
provide technical support to the Department of Homeland Security.
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