Trump Elevates Cyber Command to Unified Combatant Command Status


President Donald Trump has elevated the Department of Defense’s Cyber Command to a Unified Combatant Command status, a status most often reserved for geographical commands.

In Friday’s memo from the president to Secretary of Defense James Mattis, Trump directed Mattis to find a nominee to fill the top spot at the new command.

“Pursuant to my authority as the Commander in Chief and under sections 161 and 167b of title 10, United States Code, and in consultation with the Secretary of Defense and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, I direct that U.S. Cyber Command be established as a Unified Combatant Command,” the order said. “I also direct the Secretary of Defense to recommend an officer for my nomination and Senate confirmation as commander in order to establish U.S. Cyber Command as a Unified Combatant Command.”


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