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Cyber Force on Hold: Congress Drops Study from Defense Bill

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Dec
2023
Cyber Force on Hold: Congress Drops Study from Defense Bill

The future of a dedicated U.S. Cyber Force remains uncertain after Congress stripped out a provision from the annual National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would have required the Pentagon to study its feasibility. This move, surprising to some, leaves the path to a potential new branch of the military shrouded in fog.

Why the study?

Proponents of a Cyber Force argue that the growing sophistication and scope of cyber threats warrant a specialized military branch dedicated to defending and attacking in the digital realm. They point to the success of existing specialized branches like the Space Force and claim a dedicated Cyber Force would improve coordination, training, and focus on cyber warfare.

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