Pentagon to Create 'Digital Warfare Force'

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted May 5, 2009 8:07 AM CDT
Army Lt. Gen. Keith Alexander, director of the National Security Agency, reviews his notes, while testifying on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, May 1, 2007, before the Senate Intelligence Committee.   (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)
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(Newser) – The US military is creating a digital warfare force as part of a complete reorganization of its cyber operations, says NSA director and top cyber warfare commander Keith Alexander. In blunt testimony prepared for the House Armed Services subcommittee today, Alexander says the Pentagon’s current cyber training is woefully inadequate. He says a new cyber command will be created at a Maryland Army facility.

In separate testimony, the Air Force’s chief of war-fighting integration says the Pentagon hasn't kept up with digital threats because it was too heavily reliant on industry efforts. The Pentagon has spent more than $100 million responding to and repairing the damage from cyber attacks over the past 6 months, and a recent National Research Council report concluded that its cyber warfare policies were ill-informed. (Read more cyberwarfare stories.)