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U.s. Creates Military Command For Cyber Battlefield

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U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates

U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates

Credit: AFP

The U.S. military announced a new "cyber command" designed to wage digital warfare and to bolster defenses against mounting threats to its computer networks. Defense Secretary Robert Gates formally established the command — the country's first — that would operate under U.S. Strategic Command, a Pentagon spokesman said. The command will begin operating in October and be fully operational in October 2010, the spokesman said.

The move reflects a shift in military strategy with "cyber dominance" now part of U.S. war doctrine and comes amid growing alarm over the perceived threat posed by digital espionage coming from China, Russia and elsewhere.

From Agence France-Presse
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