Wednesday, May 06, 2009

NSA Closing in on Cyber Security

General James L. Jones, President Obama's National Security Adviser may solidify his grip on power. WaPop reported:

The Pentagon is considering whether to create a new cyber-command that would oversee government efforts to protect the military's computer networks and would also assist in protecting the civilian government networks, the head of the National Security Agency said yesterday.

The new command would be headquartered at Fort Meade, the NSA's director, Lt. Gen. Keith B. Alexander, told the House Armed Services terrorism subcommittee.

Alexander, who is a front-runner to assume control of the command if it is created, said its focus would be to better protect the U.S. military's computers by marrying the offensive and defensive capabilities of the military and the NSA.

Through the command, the NSA would also provide technical support to the Department of Homeland Security, which is in charge of protecting civilian networks and helps safeguard the energy grid and other critical infrastructure from cyber-attack, Alexander said

Considering? The BBC reported:

With plans to open in October, the new department is scheduled to be at full strength in 2010.

The same article had Alexander stating "the United States needs to build a digital warfare force for the future." Did General James L. Jones come out on top in his goal to build a one stop security shop for President Obama? Cyber-security, check. National nuclear labs, to do.

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