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Separating NSA and CYBERCOM? Be Careful When Reading the GAO Report

The Government Accountability Office last week published a report that, among other things, weighs in on the pros and cons of the NSA/CYBERCOM “dual-hat” system (pursuant to which the director of the NSA/CSS and commander of CYBERCOM are the same person). The report deserves attention but also some criticism and context. Here’s a bit of all three.

1. What is the “dual-hat” issue?

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Should NSA and CYBERCOM Split? The Legal and Policy Hurdles as They Developed Over the Past Year

In light of Michael Sulmeyer’s excellent recent piece on splitting NSA and CYBERCOM, which ran at War on the Rocks last week, I want to pull together some of the key legal and policy developments of the past year in a single narrative.  My aim is to put them in context with each other in a way that will provide useful background for those new to this issue, while also putting a spotlight on the deconfliction-of-equities issue that the split proposal raises.

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What Does the NDAA Say About Cyber? (Bonus Feature: The Return of the EMP Commission)

With the President supposedly poised to sign the NDAA FY'16 notwithstanding its GTMO transfer restrictions (subject, no doubt, to a signing statement hinting at an override option), it's a good time to take note of other interesting aspects of the bill.  Among other things, there are some interesting cyber-provisions, as well as an interesting EMP development.

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Cyber Changes Everything, Cyber Changes Nothing: On Admiral Rogers' Vision and Guidance for Cyber Command

In June, US Cyber Command issued Beyond the Build. It presents Admiral Michael Rogers’ vision and guidance for the command and its subordinate units. With little fanfare, the document was publically released in September by the Department of Defense. It has yet to receive much attention. Here’s why everyone should read it.

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