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NORAD, Northern Command To Run New Joint Cyber Center

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Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has authorized the creation of a cyber center run by the North American Aerospace Defense Command and Northern Command.

The Joint Cyber Center should reach full operational status in 10 months, according to a NORAD release.

Air Force Col. Bob Wright, head of the JCC, and his associates have 30 days to standup the center and 12 months to authenticate processes.

The JCC will bring together personnel from the intelligence, operations and command control systems divisions.

Cyber Command will provide between four and 12 people for a cyber support element team and Strategic Command and the Department of Homeland Security will also work with the JCC.

JCC’s principal missions include integrating cyber issues into headquarters’ missions and cyber consequence response and recovery support to civil authorities when requested, according to NORAD.

NORAD and Northern Command have been on standby for Panetta’s approval of the JCC since Feb. 27.

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