NSA, Cyber Command Unveil New Cyber 'Nerve Center'

The National Security Agency and U.S. Cyber Command this week unveiled “a new, state-of-the-art facility,” as reported by CyberScoop.

The new headquarters, a $500 million project that opened on May 4th, is designed to take steps to pull together disparate cyber operations from around the federal government, better unifying the federal cyber response to nations such as China and Russia, who have dramatically increased their efforts to sow discord through cyber campaigns.

The new facility is Cyber Command’s “first dedicated building, providing the advanced command and control capabilities and global integration capabilities that we require to perform our missions,” according to Adm. Michael Rogers, who testified recently before the House Armed Services Committee.

Constructing the facility as a shared “Integrated Cyber Center and Joint Operations Center” or “ICC/JOC” is also expected to benefit cyber efforts, allowing “for enhanced cyber situational awareness through real time intelligence, rapid communication with national command authorities and federal cyber centers, support to battlefield commander and full spectrum cyber operations with partners worldwide,” allowing “efficient planning and dynamic response in a domain where events or attacks happen in nanoseconds,” said Maj. Eugene Williams, deputy battle captain at Cyber Command.

The “dual-hat” leadership of NSA and Cyber Command – both agencies are under  the command of Gen. Paul Nakasone – has been moderately controversial, but according to Williams, that detail is unlikely to affect the facility’s efficacy.

Williams said, “I don’t think it would affect anything. That’s the whole purpose of this organization. This ICC/JOC joins those two organizations together. This is where that synergy is going to happen. It doesn’t matter if we split the dual-hat or not, we will still remain together.”

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