Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Trump Approves Plan to Create Independent Cyber Command

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Trump Approves Plan to Create Independent Cyber Command

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WASHINGTON * President Donald Trump has approved a long-delayed Pentagon plan to create an independent and more aggressive Cyber Command in order to beef up cyberwar operations against Islamic State and other foes.

The White House announcement Friday means U.S. Cyber Command may eventually be split off from the intelligence-focused National Security Agency.

For now, Trump has agreed to raise the stature of Cyber Command within the military and give it more autonomy.

"This new Unified Combatant Command will strengthen our cyberspace operations and create more opportunities to improve our nation's defense," Trump said in a written statement. "The elevation of United States Cyber Command demonstrates our increased resolve against cyberspace threats and will help reassure our allies and partners and deter our adversaries."

Making the group an independent military unit will put the fight in digital space on the same footing as traditional realms of battle on land, in the air, at sea and in space. …

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