US combatant commands to receive offensive cyber capabilities

The military's geographic combatant commanders now have the capability to pair traditional kinetic attacks with newly developed cyber capabilities, according to congressional testimony March 20 by Army Gen. Keith Alexander, the Cyber Command chief, and confirmed by other sources, reports Defense News.

CYBERCOM will establish Cyber Support Elements at all six geographic combatant commands, according to Alexander's written statement delivered to the House Armed Services emerging threats and capabilities subcommittee as part of a routine budget hearing, the story states.

These support elements will provide both technical capability and expertise, part of an effort to improve the integration of cyberattack capabilities, a source told the media outlet. Previously only the National Security Agency had offensive cyberattack capabilities, the story states. 

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