[U.S.A.], August 18: United States President Donald Trump amped up country's Cyber Command by directing to elevate it to the status of a Unified Combatant Command, which will strengthen country's cyberspace operations and create more opportunities to improve nation's defense.
Eight years after the creation of Cyber Command, its relationship with the NSA has come under strain.
Making an independent cyber command will put the fight in digital space on the same footing as the more traditional realms of land, air and sea.
"This decision means that Cyber Command will play an even more strategic role in synchronizing cyber forces and training, conducting and coordinating military cyberspace operations, and advocating for and prioritizing cyber investments within the department", Rapuano said. Elevation of U.S. Cyber Command from its previous status as a sub-unified command under U.S. Strategic Command reflects the growing centrality of cyberspace to U.S. national security.
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Still, McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said more steps were needed to meet the nation's cyber security challenges.
The elevation will only come into full effect upon the nomination and confirmation of a new four-star commander, Ken Rapuano, the assistant secretary of defense for homeland defense and global security, told reporters at the Pentagon on Friday.
The National Security Agency collects signals intelligence and is also tasked with the protection of U.S. communications networks and information systems.
Before leaving office, former President Barack Obama also said the dual arrangement should be split up. By co-locating Cyber Command with NSA, policymakers hoped that military hackers could learn from their NSA counterparts in standing up a new unit.
Congress called for Cyber Command to be elevated to a unified combatant command in the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act. "We had them both in the same location and able to work with one another".