The Defense Department is elevating U.S. Cyber Command to unified combat-command status. The change is indicative of the increased attention to cyber security, the Pentagon said in making the announcement of the change. Established in 2009 as a measure to increase security of the military’s cyber systems, the command would assume organizational status of every other major command.
“Raising the organizational status of U.S. Cyber Command is intended to demonstrate visibly DoD’s long-term commitment to cyberspace as a war-fighting domain. It also signals the department’s resolve to embrace the changing nature of warfare — thus helping to reassure partners and deter adversaries,” the Pentagon said in a statement accompanying the announcement.