“[Cyber Comand] will be the place where the Department of Homeland Security will come to on cybersecurity matters,” Lynn said. “And it will help rationalize the interagency process.”
- Lt. General Keith Alexander named new Cyber Commanding Office. (click on image) (Courtesy Defense Department)
How the command will implement policies remains to be seen, Lynn said, because cyber capabilities have outpaced policy. However, “substantial progress” has been made in certain areas
The order, which is entitled Establishment of the Council of Governors (PDF), creates a body of ten state governors directly appointed by Obama who will work with the federal government to help advance the “synchronization and integration of State and Federal military activities in the United States”.
The governors will liaise with officials from Northcom, Homeland Security, the National Guard as well as DoD officials from the Pentagon “in order to strengthen further the partnership between the Federal Government and State governments,” according to the executive order.
COMPARE AND CONTRAST
“There are some who believe that somehow we have created this command to exercise military authority in the homeland, and that is not the case…”
- A Robert Hefner illustration (click to enlarge)
Saturday, 27 February 2010