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‘Cyber carrier’ or contractor bonanza? Pentagon hackers seek their own software

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The US Cyber Command is looking for a software platform that will enable Pentagon hackers to work separately from the NSA. The companies bidding for the contract, however, are the usual suspects responsible for big boondoggles.
USCYBERCOM was officially elevated to an independent combatant command in May, but that separation is still only on paper. General Paul M. Nakasone replaced Admiral Mike Rogers as the head of both CYBERCOM and the NSA, and the military’s “defensive” hackers continue relying on the same tools and networks as the US government’s civilian spies.

Work is underway to set up a separate Military Cyber Operations Platform (MCOP), as the acronym-loving Defense Department calls it. The key component of this is Unified Platform, the back end of MCOP that would be the primary “weapon” of cyber-warriors, or “cyber carrier” as some outlets have dubbed it.

Both CYBERCOM and the NSA see the need for separating their activities, and quickly. The NSA is primarily about spying, which requires discretion and stealth. By contrast, cyber warfare is “noisy” and leaves footprints. Using combat software for spying can also be misinterpreted as an act of war.

The US Cyber Command is looking for a software platform that will enable Pentagon hackers to work separately from the NSA. The companies bidding for the contract, however, are the usual suspects responsible for big boondoggles.
USCYBERCOM was officially elevated to an independent combatant command in May, but that separation is still only on paper. General Paul M. Nakasone replaced Admiral Mike Rogers as the head of both CYBERCOM and the NSA, and the military’s “defensive” hackers continue relying on the same tools and networks as the US government’s civilian spies.

Work is underway to set up a separate Military Cyber Operations Platform (MCOP), as the acronym-loving Defense Department calls it. The key component of this is Unified Platform, the back end of MCOP that would be the primary “weapon” of cyber-warriors, or “cyber carrier” as some outlets have dubbed it.

Both CYBERCOM and the NSA see the need for separating their activities, and quickly. The NSA is primarily about spying, which requires discretion and stealth. By contrast, cyber warfare is “noisy” and leaves footprints. Using combat software for spying can also be misinterpreted as an act of war.

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