Congress: Cyber Training Ranges Need an Executive Agent

Cyber Command officials define unit's scopeA powerful U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee wants Defense Department officials to choose an executive agent to oversee the military’s cyber test and training ranges.

The House Intelligence, Emerging Threats and Capabilities subcommittee proposed the Pentagon select the executive agent after the Defense Department’s Test and Evaluation Strategic Plan “identified a number of capability gaps that need to be addressed in order to provide sufficient and adequate cyber test and training.

The subcommittee in its mark on the 2015 defense budget didn’t specify if the agent should be a service or an agency like the Defense Intelligence Agency. If the addition to the defense budget legislation is passed by Congress and a service is selected, it would possibly signal which service would be taking the lead on the cyber mission.

Thus far the service leaders have avoided trying to take the role as the military leader for cyber saying the Pentagon is still trying to figure out how it fits into national security.

The agency or service that is selected stands to take over additional cyber missions and the likely funding boost that comes with it.

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  • hibeam

    Can I suggest Kathleen Sibelius for this post? She has already demonstrated the skill sets necessary to run large government programs.

  • BlackOwl18E

    Basically, Congress wants someone to blame in case something goes wrong.