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McCain Asks Keith Alexander For Cyber Bill Support

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) believes the Defense Department should be in charge of defending the U.S. and critical infrastructure against cyber attacks, he wrote in a letter to the country’s highest-ranked cyber military officer.

In the letter obtained by Federal News Radio’s Jason Miller, McCain told Army Gen. Keith Alexander that he, like Alexander, believes the military must be able to detect attacks in real time.

Alexander is the head of both U.S. Cyber Command and the National Security Agency.

Congress is debating several cybersecurity bills, including one putting the Department of Homeland Security in charge of cybersecurity and another, which McCain supports, that is focused on research and development.

In April, Alexander indicated his support for putting DHS in charge in a letter to McCain.

In response, McCain wrote that he believes DHS would place burdensome regulations on businesses and asked Alexander to support the Secure IT Act, which creates incentives for information sharing between the government and businesses

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