Senators Consider Splitting NSA/USCYBERCOM Director Position & Elevating USCYBERCOM to Combatant Command

 Senators Consider Splitting NSA/USCYBERCOM Director Position & Elevating USCYBERCOM to Combatant Command

The Senate Armed Services Committee will this year consider legislation splitting the two-in-one jobs of leading U.S. Cyber Command and running the National Security Agency, both currently held by Adm. Michael Rogers.

The committee held a hearing Tuesday with Rogers to discuss, among other issues, elevating CyberCom to be a unified combatant command, on a par with geographical commands like the U.S. Central Command. CyberCom, co-located with the NSA at Ft. George G. Meade in Maryland, would be the 10th such command — the units in the U.S. military that actually wage war.

Currently, CyberCom — created in 2009 with the intent to be fully operational with a 6,200 member force drawn from all four service branches and the national guard by fiscal year 2018 — is a subordinate command of the U.S. Strategic Command, the military unit that controls America’s nuclear arsenal.