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US Navy Establishes Cyber Force

By Christopher Szabo     Jan 27, 2010 in Science
The US has established a new Navy Cyber Forces (CYBERFOR) organisation, at Little Creek-Fort Story in Norfolk, Virginia The new cyber force will remain part of Naval Network Warfare Command (NETWARCOM).
US Navy News reports the new force is under the command of Vice Admiral H. Denby Starling II, who is also commander of NETWARCOM.
The commander of US Fleet Forces, Admiral J. C. Harvey Jr, said CYBERFOR would bring the command into the 21st century and bring the US Navy along with it. Starling said cyber space was more than a path for information:
It is warfighting battle space and supremacy in this battle space will ensure that our ships, aircraft and submarines remain dominant in the age of information warfare.
CYBERFOR will deal with command functions of cryptology, signals intelligence, cyber, electronic warfare and similar operations. The new command’s mission is to train personnel, modernise and maintain equipment as well as encryption and space-related systems.
The NETWARCOM command will co-ordinate cyber networks as well as space operations in support of all US naval forces, both on land and in port. Starling said he believed the new command would help the US maintain its position. He said:
We have seen our nation and America's Navy triumph time and again in the face of equally daunting circumstances. We shall do no less.
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