Mayville’s previous position — director of the Joint Staff — is often considered a stepping stone to four-star command positions. The issue of separating from NSA from Cyber Command and elevating Cyber Command is viewed by officials in DoD and Congress as two distinct issues. [4 Cyber Command storylines to watch for in 2018] Officials have noted in the past that the item currently pacing the elevation of Cyber Command to a full command is the Senate’s confirmation of a new leader, but there is no formal timeline for that nomination. From Congress’s view, the staffer said, it’s unclear what DoD’s timelines are regarding splitting the dual hat, if there’s a timeline at all. The staffer added that Congressional officials have not seen the same sense of urgency surrounding this issue from the Trump administration to split the NSA and Cyber Command as exhibited by the Obama administration. Members aren’t pushing for a rapid separation of the dual hat, the staffer noted. Instead, they want to make sure the split is done in a cautions and meaningful way, which is the intention of last year’s defense authorization bill. Defense News reporter Joe Gould contributed to this report.

US elevates the role of Cyber Command

[podbean resource=”episode=r86mb-90c839″ type=”audio-rectangle” height=”100″ skin=”1″ btn-skin=”109″ share=”1″ fonts=”Helvetica” auto=”0″ download=”0″ rtl=”0″] Cyberwarfare is now as important as conventional war… in theory. After months of talk and planning, US Cyber Command

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