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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Follow along as we liveblog this morning's Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on FISA Section 702, featuring testimony from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein; Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe; Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats; and National Security Agency Director Adm. Mike Rogers.
Video of last week's multi-panel event.
Remarks by the Vice Chariman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Head of the National Security Agency on the topic appear to contradict one another—and raise questions about what the Defense Department truly believes about assuring the security of information systems.