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Trump Makes Cyber Command a Unified Combatant Command

August 21, 2017

From the Air Force Magazine website

President Trump on Friday elevated US Cyber Command to its own unified combatant command, and said the Pentagon will possibly break it free of the National Security Agency. The move “will strengthen our cyberspace operations and create more opportunities to improve our nation’s defense,” Trump said in a statement. The move will help the military streamline its command and control of cyberspace operations, and adequately fund those operations.

Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates directed US Strategic Command—one of nine unified commands—to establish US Cyber Command as a subunified command on June 23, 2009. The command, which is based at Fort Meade, Md., reached full operational capability on Oct. 31, 2010. Adm. Mike Rogers currently wears two hats as the commander of US Cyber Command and director of the NSA, but the move to make CYBERCOM its own combatant command will give it its own four-star commander.

Officials told ABC News the likely nominee will be Army Lt. Gen. William Mayville, who currently serves as the director of the Joint Staff. The plan has been in the works at the Pentagon for years, with previous Defense Secretary Ash Carter considering

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