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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Gates announces U.S. Cyber Command

Defense Secretary Robert Gates has signed off on a new Cyber Command.

According to Armed Forces News Service, the new command will report to U.S. Strategic Command, but details are still in the works.

Some reports indicate that Gates supports Army Lt. Gen. Keith Alexander to pin on his fourth star and take command of the new cyber security organization. He's currently the director of the National Security Agency.

Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell told Pentagon reporters that the new command will only deal with military networks.

Maxwell Air Force Base and Gunter Annex play a role in the military's cyber security efforts with ongoing projects by the 754th Electronic Systems Group housed at Gunter. Airmen and civilians there work in the Software Assurance Center and developed the standard desktop configuration for the Air Force that is now being adopted by other military and governmental organizations.

Maxwell recently piloted a flag officer course on cyber operations to brief top officials on the Air Force's cyber operations and the importance of cyber security.

For more on the announcement, click here.

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As a military kids, we moved all over. As an adult, I've traveled all over and moved for work. But now, I'm putting down roots in Montana with my boyfriend. We just bought a house and are slowly but surely making it our home. We have more land that we know what to do with at the moment. Now we're getting a garden started, tearing down walls and having loads of fun at what we call the Homestead.

In a part life, I did PR for the guy who built the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the National Mall, social media for the National Museum of Health and Medicine, before that, edited two military technology magazines for a publishing group in the DC area and before that, I was the military reporter (among other things) at the Montgomery Advertiser, covering Maxwell Air Force Base, the Alabama National Guard, veterans and anything else military related in the area. And in between all of that, I leave town, preferably the country, whenever possible. It all started when I spent a semester in New Zealand.

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