Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Wire: Pentagon to Create Cyber Command

Off the Wire

Off the Wire:

WASHINGTON, June 23, 2009 -- Newswire services this evening reported that the Pentagon will create a Cyber Command to oversee the U.S. military's efforts to protect its computer networks and operate in cyberspace, under an order signed by Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Tuesday.

In a memo to senior Pentagon officials, Gates said he intends to recommend that Lt. Gen. Keith Alexander, director of the National Security Agency, take on the additional role as commander of the new command with the rank of a four-star general, the Wall Street Journal said.

The new headquarters, likely to be based at Fort Meade, Maryland, outside Washington, D.C., will be responsible for defending U.S. military systems but not other U.S. government or private networks, Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman said.

The new command will at least initially be part of the Pentagon's Strategic Command, which is responsible for computer-network security and other missions. The command is meant to begin working by October and to be fully operating by October 2010.

This is a developing story with details to follow.

(Report from newswire sources.)

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