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United States president Donald Trump upgraded the U.S. Cyber Command to the status of a “Unified Combatant Command”.
Unified commands combine personnel from at least two branches of the US military and are given ongoing missions. Before the elevation of the Cyber Command to this status, the nine unified combatant commands covered six regions of the world, special operations, the US Strategic Command and logistics-focussed Transportation Command.
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President Trump positioned the elevation as a strengthening of the nation's information warfare capabilities, saying “will also help streamline command and control of time-sensitive cyberspace operations by consolidating them under a single commander with authorities commensurate with the importance of such operations.”
The change also means that the head of Cyber Command will report directly to the secretary of defense, ensuring that leader is...
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