Michael Rogers, head of the U.S. Cyber Command, has proposed creating a task force at the Defense Information Systems Agency to support cyber defense operations across the military, Federal News Radio reported Thursday.
Jared Serbu writes that Rogers said Wednesday that DISA should be given a command-and-control role that will enable it to collaborate with other cyber departments as the Pentagon establishes a joint information environment.
“The military services have had some role up until now in securing four different global backbones, and my attitude is that this is an important role for DISA, and the services need to optimize themselves so that they only operate the last tactical mile and plug into it,” Rogers added, according to the station.
Rogers believes that CYBERCOM could focus more on developing cyber warfare strategies if the command shares some of its tactical cyberspace responsibilities with DISA, according to Serbu’s article.
“For DISA to do what it needs to do in order to help us operate and defend the networks, some portion of DISA needs to become an operational entity that’s focused on how we maneuver and defend the network.”
CYBERCOM is responsible for assembling the Pentagon’s cyber workforce and ensuring that cyber professionals are fully trained on interoperability.