By Lance Whitney
March 23, 2010
Washingon's new U.S. Cyber Command is prepped and ready but is still
waiting for Senate approval of its new commander before it can open for
The new command would unify and administer the U.S. Department of
Defense's vast computer networks to better defend against cyberattacks.
In June, Defense Secretary Robert Gates approved the creation of Cyber
Command as a unified, sub-division of U.S. Strategic Command to operate
the Defense Department's information resources of 15,000 computer
networks across 4,000 military bases in 88 countries.
Cyber Command is seen within the Defense Department as a vital
reorganization needed to integrate its vast network of computing
resources, which are currently operated separately. Appearing last week
before the House Armed Services Committee's subcommittee on strategic
forces, Air Force Gen. Kevin Chilton, the commander of U.S. Strategic
Command, stressed the need to move away from the current segregation of
"This segregation detracts from natural synergies and ignores our
experience in organizing to operate in the air, land, sea, and space
domains," said. "The establishment of U.S. CyberCom will remedy this
problem in the cyber domain."
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