President Trump is finalizing plans to create an independent branch of the military to handle cyber warfare that won’t be overseen by the NSA, according to Daily Mail.The primary hope with the new developments is that America will be able to carry out cyber attacks on the Islamic State.
The source spoke on the condition of anonymity, as he was not authorized to share information about the new project.Check it out:
The goal, they said, is to give U.S. Cyber Command more autonomy, freeing it from any constraints that stem from working alongside the NSA, which is responsible for monitoring and collecting telephone, internet and other intelligence data from around the world – a responsibility that can sometimes clash with military operations against enemy forces.
Making cyber an independent military command will put the fight in digital space on the same footing as more traditional realms of battle on land, in the air, at sea and in space.
The move is additionally an acknowledgment of the ongoing threat that other countries pose to the cyber safety of the United States.
The U.S. has long operated quietly in cyberspace, using it to collect information, disrupt enemy networks and aid conventional military missions. But as other nations and foes expand their use of cyberspying and attacks, the U.S. is determined to improve its ability to incorporate cyber operations into its everyday warfighting.
Experts said the command will need time to find its footing.
‘Right now I think it’s inevitable, but it’s on a very slow glide path,’ said Jim Lewis, a cybersecurity expert with the Center for Strategic and International Studies. But, he added, ‘A new entity is not going to be able to duplicate NSA’s capabilities.’
The NSA, for examples, has 300 of the country’s leading mathematicians ‘and a gigantic super computer,’ Lewis said. ‘Things like this are hard to duplicate.’
He added that over time, however, the goal is to use cyber attacks as a tactical weapon.