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US approves cyber command

2009-06-24 07:22

Washington - Defence Secretary Robert Gates has formally ordered the creation of a new US military cyber command that will co-ordinate the Pentagon's efforts to defend its networks and conduct cyberwarfare.

A memo signed by Gates on Tuesday asks that US Strategic Command begin plans to set up a subcommand and be prepared to provide a proposal by the fall.

Officials have said the new command would be located near Washington and would be ready to go by the end of next year.

The low-key launch of the new military unit reflects the Pentagon's worry that the military not be seen as taking control over the nation's computer networks.