Today is an historic day for our profession, and for my American readers, our country. As reported in The Washington Post and by several of you, today Secretary Gates ordered the creation of U.S. Cyber Command, a subordinate unified command under U.S. Strategic Command. The NSA Director will be dual-hatted as DIRNSA and CYBERCOM Commander, with Title 10 authority, and will be promoted to a four-star position. Initial Operational Capability for CYBERCOM is October 2009 with Full Operational Capability planned for October 2010. Prior to CYBERCOM achieving FOC, the Joint Task Force - Global Network Operations (JTF-GNO) and the Joint Task Force - Network Warfare (JTF-NW) will be "disestablished."
As one of my friends said: "Step one to your Cyber Service -- what will the uniforms look like?"
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