Stars and Stripes stripes.com 22 Dec, 2020 03:00 am

Acting Pentagon chief seen unlikely to advance plan splitting NSA, Cyber Command leadership

Acting Pentagon chief seen unlikely to advance plan splitting NSA, Cyber Command leadership
Acting Defense Secretary Christopher C. Miller is unlikely to advance a plan that would place the military's cyber command and the powerful National Security Agency under separate leaders, according to officials familiar with the matter.

The acting Pentagon chief is expected to direct the Defense Department to provide the necessary resources to meet the requirement by next year, said one official.And Miller is frustrated that it has not yet been done, said one official familiar with his thinking."It's shameful that [the Defense Department] has slow-rolled Congress," the official said, adding that any suggestion of a hidden agenda was tantamount to conspiracy theory, one that is "kind of hilarious — kind of sad."It's been four years since Congress told us to do it," the official said.

At this point, the "best we'll get is to put another mark on the wall" to prod the organizations along, the official said.The controversy arose as members of Congress learned late last week that Pentagon officials had delivered the proposal to Miller and Milley that would end a decade-long arrangement in which Cybercom and NSA are led by one four-star uniformed officer.

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