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Wednesday, December 02, 2009

 

"Cyber Czar"

The creation of a new military command for cyberspace is set to take place in the White House. This new office would complement a national effort that would overhaul the way the United States protects its computer networks. Coordinating a multibillion-dollar effort to confine access to government computers and protect systems that run the stock exchanges, clear global banking transactions and manage the air traffic control system; these systems that are in constant attack by cyber attackers, hackers and even by foreign governments.

The White House office will be run by a “cyber czar,”that has to report to both the National Security Council and the National Economic Council. However, the main dispute over this new cyber command has been over whether the Pentagon or the National Security Agency should take the lead in preparing for and fighting these cyber battles. Thus far, according to the article “Pentagon Plans New Arm to Wage Cyberspace Wars” by David Sanger and Thomshanker, all that has been proposed is that parts of the N.S.A would be integrated into the military command so they could operate jointly.

Who ever ends up controlling the military’s new cyber command office is in the White House is still vague, but it’s sure to be a major step beyond the actions taken by the Bush administration that lacked to resolve the issue of how the government would prepare for warfare in the new era of digital networks. All that matters as a Pentagon spokesman, Bryan Whitman, says,
"We need to be able to operate within that domain just like on any battlefield, which includes protecting our freedom of movement and preserving our capability to perform in that environment"

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