The Trump administration is pushing forward with its plan to make U.S. Cyber Command an independent organization in an effort to increase the nation’s offensive and defensive cyber capabilities.
Officials plan to split the military command from the National Security Agency (NSA), according to an Associated Press report published Saturday. Cyber Command (also known as CYBERCOM) currently operates under U.S. Strategic Command and is based with the NSA in Ft. Meade, Md. The goal is to free CYBERCOM from any constraints it may have by working in tandem with the NSA, according to anonymous officials who spoke to the AP.
CYBERCOM is commanded by the NSA director, currently Navy Adm. Mike Rogers, but it serves different purposes. The NSA is traditionally an intelligence agency, specializing in electronic signals collection, while CYBERCOM is responsible for offensive and defensive cyber warfare.
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