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[ISN] Pentagon Plans to Deploy More Than 100 Cyber Teams by Late 2015
By Aliya Sternstein
March 19, 2013
Within three years, the Pentagonâs Cyber Command will deploy more than 100
teams focused predominantly on defending military networks rather than
attacking adversariesâ systems, according to Defense Department officials.
The department recently reorganized Cyber Command, which since 2010 has
directed offensive and defensive operations in cyberspace, into three âmission
forces.â Two of those forces will engage in digital assaults, while the third
will shield the dot-mil domain. The Washington Post first reported the
organizational structure in late January.
The organization defending military networks -- cyber protection forces -- will
comprise more than 60 teams, a Pentagon official said. The other two
organizations -- combat mission forces and national mission forces -- will
conduct offensive operations. National mission forces will employ 13 teams
focused on securing U.S. private networks powering critical infrastructure such
as transportation systems and other vital industries, the official said.
At a Senate Armed Forces hearing last Tuesday, Gen. Keith Alexander, head of
Cyber Command, said the combat mission forces will include 27 teams and would
âsupport the combatant commands in their planning process for offensive cyber
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