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By Lance Whitney
May 24, 2010
With Army Gen. Keith Alexander named as its first commander, U.S. Cyber
Command has a challenging mission and Alexander a demanding job.
Receiving a promotion to four-star general, Alexander on Friday was
officially given the reins of U.S. Cyber Command by Defense Secretary
Robert Gates during a ceremony in Fort Meade, Md. That signaled the
initial launch of the division, which won't be up to full capability
until October 1.
The mission of U.S. Cyber Command, or CyberCom, is to synchronize the
Defense Department's various networks and cyberspace operations to
better defend them against the onslaught of cyberattacks.
"Given our increasing dependency on cyberspace, this new command will
bring together the resources of the department to address
vulnerabilities and meet the ever-growing array of cyberthreats to our
military systems," Gates said in a statement.
Last June, Gates approved the birth of Cyber Command as a unified,
subdivision of U.S. Strategic Command to manage the Defense Department's
resources of 15,000 computer networks across 4,000 military bases in 88
countries. The launching of U.S. CyberCom had been stalled, awaiting
Senate confirmation of Alexander. But with Senate approval having been
cleared on May 7, CyberCom is now free to open for business.
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