Gates announces U.S. 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.
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