In an acknowledgement that cyber war is gathering momentum on the international stage, the House on Thursday cleared a defense authorization bill that could split off the U.S. Cyber Command from under the direction of U.S. Strategic Command and the National Security Agency (NSA) and elevate it to its own military command, according to The Hill.
The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which passed the House Armed Services Committee with a 60-2 vote, verifies the Pentagon's insistence on furthering offensive cyber capabilities (it recently admitted to a cyber offensive against ISIS).
Adm. Michael Rogers, head of Cyber Command, told a Senate committee the change "would generate better mission outcomes." But, he cautioned, a split from the NSA, which he also heads, would not be the right move, yet.
The initiative follows in the wake of a massive hack at the Office of Personnel Management – which now manages the budget process.