Friday, June 05, 2009

U.S. Air Force Names Cyber-Warfare Commander

J. Nicholas Hoover writes on InformationWeek:

The Air Force announced Thursday that Maj. Gen. Richard E. Webber would become the first commander of the Air Force's first numbered cyberwarfare component.

The 24th Air Force, which will likely be based at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas, will focus exclusively on cyberwarfare as part of the larger Air Force Space Command. It will be a stripped-down version of the planned major command for cyberspace operations that had been headed up by Maj. Gen. William Lord, who was announced as the new Air Force CIO last month.

The Pentagon is reportedly setting up its own cybercommand that would include the National Security Agency and likely supersede earlier Air Force plans to be the hub of cyberwarfare for the U.S. military. It's unclear how this unit would work with the larger Pentagon-led cybercommand.

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