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Space chief wants DoD cyber units joined

Space chief wants DoD cyber units joined

The head of U.S. Strategic Command, which oversees U.S. interests in space and cyberspace, believes the Defense Department needs to organize its cyber defensive and offensive capabilities under a single commander.

Air Force Gen. Kevin Chilton, who now oversees one of the 10 unified commands, put forth his suggestion May 7 in a Washington appearance before reporters. Chilton made his case for a joint cyber command by drawing an analogy to war.

In combat, no lines are drawn between an army¡¦s offensive and defensive units; in the cyber world, though, the Defense Department fences off the unit running day-to-day operations and protecting networks, the Joint Task Force-Global Network Operations in Arlington, Va., from the unit with attack capabilities, the Joint Functional Component Commander-Network Warfare, part of the National Security Agency at Fort Meade, Md.


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