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US creates military command for cyber security

The US military has set up a new "cyberspace Coined by William Gibson in his 1984 novel "Neuromancer," it is a futuristic computer network that people use by plugging their minds into it! The term now refers to the Internet or to the online or digital world in general. See Internet and virtual reality. Contrast with meatspace. " command designed to bolster the country's defenses against cyber threats and to wage digital warfare, the Pentagon said on Tuesday.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates formally established the command -- the country's first -- that would operate initially under US Strategic Command, Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman told AFP (1) (AppleTalk Filing Protocol) The file sharing protocol used in an AppleTalk network. In order for non-Apple networks to access data in an AppleShare server, their protocols must translate into the AFP language. See file sharing protocol. .

The move reflects a shift in military strategy with "cyber dominance" now part of US war doctrine and amid growing alarm over the perceived threat posed by digital espionage coming from China, Russia and elsewhere.

US officials say China has built up a sophisticated cyber warfare program and that a spate of intrusions in the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area.  and elsewhere can be traced back to Chinese sources.

The officer widely expected to lead the command is Lieutenant General Keith Alexander Keith Alexander is the name of:
  • Keith Alexander (footballer) (born 1956), English footballer and manager
  • Keith B. Alexander, current head of the United States National Security Agency
, the director of the super-secret National Security Agency (NSA NSA
abbr.
National Security Agency

Noun 1. NSA - the United States cryptologic organization that coordinates and directs highly specialized activities to protect United States information systems and to produce foreign
).

Defense officials have said the cyber command would focus on security efforts along with offensive capabilities to ensure "freedom of action in cyberspace" for the United States.

Reported breaches of the US electricity grid and of networks used by aerospace contractors building the F-35 fighter jet have underlined concerns over cyber security.

The US Defense Department several months ago was faced with a worm that intruded in·trude  
v. in·trud·ed, in·trud·ing, in·trudes

v.tr.
1. To put or force in inappropriately, especially without invitation, fitness, or permission:
 military networks.

President Barack Obama has put a high priority on cyber security and announced plans for a national cyber defense coordinator.
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