Trump Administration to Hand Cyber Command to U.S. Military
United States Military
So after many months of delay, the Trump administration is currently finalizing plans to revamp the nation’s military command for defensive and offensive cyber operations in hopes of “intensifying” America’s ability to wage cyberwar against the Islamic State group and other threats.
And what will the new plan look like? Well, the new U.S. Cyber Command would eventually be split off from the intelligence focused NSA because the reality is that it will allow U.S. Cyber Command more autonomy, freeing it from any constraints that stem from working alongside the NSA, who happens to be responsible for monitoring and collecting telephone, internet and other intelligence data from around the world. Which also happens to be a responsibility that often times tends to clash with military operations against enemy forces.
This is and I am shocked to admit it, a smart move considering it’s coming from the Trump Administration.
The move does stem from the escalating threat of cyberattacks and intrusions from other nation states, terrorist groups and hackers, and comes as the U.S. faces new and improved fears about Russian hacking following Moscow’s efforts to meddle in the 2016 Presidential Election.
The reality here is that other nation states have already created cyber armies made up of each respective nations military. The cyber army is it’s own unit and of the nation states that have these cyber units already in place, well let’s just say, they are years ahead of us so it will in fact, take the U.S. military time to find a balance let alone its footing.
It will take time, the NSA already has what it needs to be the Cyber Command if it weren’t for things like losing intel, creating spy programs that were never approved and that were utilized to spy on U.S. Citizens that were oh, how do you say…unauthorized?
The point is, will the U.S. Military duplicate what the NSA already has, take/transfer or assume control over what the NSA already has or build the program from the ground up? The NSA has the people and the tools already in place, so my only question is, what is the price tag of putting something into place with a different agency, that is already more or less in place with the NSA currently?
This may just be me, but it seems that it would be less costly and far easier to change the rules by which the NSA is playing and move the NSA under the command of the U.S. Military.
Cristal M Clark