The Senate Armed Services Committee is delaying the implementation of Cyber Command, according to an article in the Washington Times. A spokesman with U.S. STRATCOM said the Committee “has raised a number of detailed questions regarding the department’s plans for U.S. Cybercom, including its relationship [with NSA], and indicated that it would like all answers provided before considering Lt. Gen. Alexander’s nomination.”
The new CYBERCOM is likely to be place at Fort Meade, MD, which currently serves as the headquarters to the National Security Agency headed by Lt. Gen. Alexander.
According to Lt. Commander Steve Curry, a spokesman for STRATCOM, “the department is committed to answering any additional questions raised by the committee. DoD looks forward to establishing this critical command as soon as the Senate confirms Lt. Gen. Alexander as its first commander.”
With the current rates of cyber penetration attempts against DoD networks, standing up CYBERCOM is seen as an urgent priority by the military. “Improving the protection of military information networks in the 21st century is an urgent priority for DoD,” Lt. Cmdr. Curry said.