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An army of tech-savvy warriors has been fighting its battles in cyberspace




An army of tech-savvy warriors has been fighting its battles in cyberspace
An army of tech-savvy warriors has been fighting its battles in cyberspace



http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/09/23/AR2010092303000.html 

By Ellen Nakashima
Washington Post Staff Writer
September 23, 2010

They were Air Force fighter pilots, Army rangers and Marine tank 
commanders. There was even a Navy fighter jet radar officer who had been 
taken prisoner during the Persian Gulf War.

Warriors all.

But in 1998 they fought in a different realm - their weapons bits and 
bytes, their foxholes temperature-controlled computer operations rooms. 
In the new battleground of cyberspace, they battled shadowy foes whose 
computer attacks were given names like Moonlight Maze and Titan Rain.

These were the men and women of the Joint Task Force Computer Network 
Defense, 24 tech-savvy war fighters who were part of the pioneering 
group tasked with protecting the Pentagon's computer networks - vital 
for everything from directing troop movements to passing intelligence to 
issuing commands to fire missiles.

To the surprise and approval of the group's first leaders, the task 
force has not only endured, it has evolved into what is today the U.S. 
Cyber Command, arguably the world's most potent computer network 
fighting force.

The recently launched Cyber Command is much larger, with about 1,000 
personnel, and with authority not only to defend, but to attack 
adversaries. It will leverage the abilities of the National Security 
Agency to penetrate foreign networks and spy on targets.

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