Pentagon Establishes New Cyber Subcommand

Defense Secretary Gates has reportedly recommended Army Lt. Gen. Keith B. Alexander, director of the National Security Agency, for the additional job.
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Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates boosted the military’s attention to cyber-security, establishing a subcommand focused on the issue and reportedly recommending Army Lt. Gen. Keith B. Alexander, director of the National Security Agency, to take on the additional job.

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American Forces Press Services said cyber command HQ is planned for Fort Meade, Md.

"This is not some sort of new and necessarily different authorities that have been granted," a Pentagon spokesman told AFPS. "This is about trying to figure out how we, within this department, within the United States military, can better coordinate the day-to-day defense, protection and operation of the department's computer networks."

Pentagon officials stressed that the subcommand would tackle only military cyber-security and was not a move militarize cyberspace or take over the responsibility for defending civilian networks. That’s the responsibility of the Department of Homeland Security Department, one official told AFPS.

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