Lawmakers are doing more than just talking about making the US Cyber Command a unified combat command, they are actually putting its language into the annual House Defense Funding Bill. If it becomes a reality, the US Cyber Command would become one of 10 commands that are stationed over the globe. Currently, US Cyber Command is located in Fort Meade, Maryland.
The current combatant commands are: Northern Command, which defends North America, Central Command, which oversees war efforts in the Middle East, and Special Operations Command, which is responsible for special operations units the world over.
Those in favor of the promotion say that doing so will give the US Cyber Command the prestige it needs overall, as well as give the new command a home base in Maryland where US computer warfare efforts take place. Cyber Command is currently under the US Strategic Command and would be removed from that parent organization if it is given its own command level. Local officials are in favor of the promotion as it will mean more jobs for the local economy and would also be a good opportunity for the state in general.
When it was set up in 2009, Cyber Command concentrated on helping to coordinate tasks being done by various Defense Department sectors who were composed of computer warfare units. Since then, it has worked with all service branches as they increased their force to about 6,000 personnel comprised of military, civilians, and various contractors. Cyber Command also works with the NSA (National Security Agency) to develop more effective ways of preventing hacking into military computer networks.
Earlier this year, Cyber Command was given the assignment of disrupting ISIS computer networks. This was its first “wartime” assignment. A special task force is now being formed that will only enhance these efforts. Elevating the organization’s status to command level would give Cyber Command more influence into how strategies and budgets are developed at the Pentagon. Proponents also say that elevating the command would give it the freedom it needs to work more effectively and get results faster.
Even though there seems to be strong support for the elevation, the White House has threatened to veto the House bill, partly because, it says, it does not agree that Congress should be “micromanaging the Defense Department.” Also, the Senate Armed Services Committee did not include the language needed to move the idea forward.
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