Panetta's cyber ops plan gives Cyber Command some new partners in decision making

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has approved a new organizational framework that seeks to establish common standards for cyber operations throughout the Defense Department, reports Defense News.

The transitional framework would establish a command structure that puts greater responsibility for both offensive and defensive cyber operations under respective geographic combatant commanders, the story said.

The Joint Staff Transitional Cyberspace Operations Command and Control Concept of Operations establishes joint cyber centers to tie together combatant commanders and U.S. Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM) combat support elements that will furnish intelligence information and operational expertise, according to the story.

The framework was set forth in a May 1 "For Official Use" memorandum to the secretaries of the military departments, chiefs of the military services, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, USCYBERCOM commander and DOD CIO.

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