Defense officials pushing to split U.S. Cyber Command and NSA

Defense officials pushing to split U.S. Cyber Command and NSA
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[Ed. – A very interesting report, on which more shortly.  Cyber Command has been under the command of the NSA Director since it was established in 2009.]

Some senior Defense Department officials are pressing to formally separate the National Security Agency from U.S. Cyber Command, in a move that would shift the nation’s top electronic spy agency under civilian leadership, according to people familiar with the matter.

The proposal under consideration was circulated among Pentagon officials in recent days, according to a U.S. official and another person familiar with the matter. It is supported by acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller, who was installed at the Pentagon in early November.

The proposal would split control of the two giant agencies in the final weeks of the Trump administration and comes amid revelations of a suspected Russian hack of U.S. agencies. It appears to be a dusted-off version of one that was previously floated inside the Pentagon by then-Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, according to another U.S. official. “This is very preliminary,” the official said, adding that a meeting was scheduled for this coming week to discuss the proposal.

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