The unit, who just named General Paul Nakasone as its new leader, is now considered an independent ‘unified command.”Leading officials believe that the unit elevation is a sign of a new type of war.
“We are ready to unleash our cyber mission forces,” said Cyber Command’s deputy director, Marine Lt. Gen. Vincent Stewart.
The unit has also built a new cyber center that is cost over $500 million to build. The center, which will enable officials to monitor cyber threats, is scheduled to open in August.
Nakasone will also serve as the director of the National Security Agency. He is succeeding Michael Rogers and will likely deal with the aftermath of multiple breaches, including leaks from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.
The new cyber command chief became very vocal about the need to respond to cyber attacks after Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential election.
“Our adversaries have not seen our response in sufficient detail to change their behavior,” Nakasone said. “They don’t think much will happen.”
Over the years, the United States has avoided the initiation of cyber wars with other countries. Leading officials believe that the country is too dependent on computers to risk the loss of access to cyber warfare.