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Air Force Suspends ‘Cyber Command’ Program

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Richard Martin
InformationWeek
Thursday, Aug 14, 2008

The delay in the program does not necessarily mean the Cyber Command at Barksdale Air Force Base will not be created, but that could be one option, officials said.

Putting on hold a major cyberwarfare initiative less than two months before it was scheduled to become operational, the Pentagon this week said it is delaying and reviewing the future of the Air Force’s controversial “Cyber Command” program.

The move was originally reported Monday on the Nextgov Web site, which quoted an internal Air Force e-mail as saying “Transfers of manpower and resources, including activation and reassignment of units, shall be halted.”

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A Pentagon spokesman, Ed Gulick, confirmed the hiatus in a telephone interview with InformationWeek.

Noting that the Secretary of the Air Force and the newly appointed Chief of Staff, Norton Schwartz, have several “key issues and initiatives” to review, Gulick said, “We are taking a pause on standing up the command so we can insure we’re going about it the right way.”

The delay in the program does not necessarily mean the Cyber Command will not be created, Gulick added, but “that could be one option.”

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