By Jaikumar Vijayan
May 11, 2010
The U.S. Senate has approved Lt. Gen. Keith Alexander, director of the
National Security Agency, to also head the military's recently created
U.S. Cyber Command.
In his new role, Alexander will be responsible for directing operations
of the U.S. Department of Defense's military information networks. He
will oversee the new command's intelligence-collection activities as
well its efforts to develop better offensive and defensive capabilities
The Cyber Command, or Cybercom, was established last June by Defense
Secretary Robert Gates. The command is intended to address growing
threats to U.S. military networks from foreign and domestic sources.
Cybercom is part of a broader effort by the Obama administration to
bolster overall U.S. civilian and military cybersecurity capabilities. A
similar effort is under way on the civilian side, with a newly created
White House cybersecurity coordinator overseeing that operation.
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