Ruppersberger Applauds Decision to Elevate U.S. Cyber Command to Full Combatant Command
(Washington, DC) –Congressmen C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (MD-02) today applauded President Trump’s decision to elevate the U.S. Cyber Command – based at Fort Meade in Maryland’s Second District – to a full Unified Combatant Command.
Our Armed Forces are currently organized into nine combatant commands – six are geographic plus three that focus on specialized capabilities: Special Operations, Nuclear or Strategic Forces, and Transportation. The Cyber Command, which was a sub-unified command under the U.S. Strategic Command, will now become the tenth combatant command.
“Elevating CYBERCOM to a Unified Combatant Command recognizes the fact that cyberspace is the battlefield of the 21st century,” Congressman Ruppersberger said. “Warfare is not just on land, at sea, or in the skies and space – but in cyberspace. Just as our special operations command is able to quickly and deftly perform some of our toughest covert missions, it only makes sense to have a command that can respond nimbly to cyber threats and organize our offensive and defensive efforts.”
Congressman Ruppersberger – who has represented the National Security Agency (NSA) for the past 15 years and spent 12 years on the House Intelligence Committee, including four as its Ranking Member – is considered an expert on cybersecurity. He championed a provision in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2017 to elevate the command, which passed. The move will likely create new jobs at Fort Meade.
“This is a great move for our country, for Maryland and for the Second District,” Congressman Ruppersberger said. “Demand for cyber warfare capabilities is only going to increase and this decision will give the Command the power and resources it needs to better protect our country.”
Both the Cyber Command and the NSA, also headquartered at Fort Meade, are currently under the leadership of Admiral Mike Rogers. Congressman Ruppersberger looks forward to working with the Secretary of Defense as he provides recommendations on the future relationship between the two agencies.