Cybersecurity and Deterrence

White House Announces Elevation of Cyber Command

By Matthew Kahn
Friday, August 18, 2017, 10:57 AM

Friday morning, the White House announced in a statement that the President ordered the elevation of Cyber Command to a unified combatant command. The full statement can be found below.

The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
August 18, 2017

Statement by Donald J. Trump on the Elevation of Cyber Command

I have directed that United States Cyber Command be elevated to the status of a Unified Combatant Command focused on cyberspace operations.  

This new Unified Combatant Command will strengthen our cyberspace operations and create more opportunities to improve our Nation’s defense. The elevation of United States Cyber Command demonstrates our increased resolve against cyberspace threats and will help reassure our allies and partners and deter our adversaries.

United States Cyber Command’s elevation will also help streamline command and control of time-sensitive cyberspace operations by consolidating them under a single commander with authorities commensurate with the importance of such operations. Elevation will also ensure that critical cyberspace operations are adequately funded.  

In connection with this elevation, the Secretary of Defense is examining the possibility of separating United States Cyber Command from the National Security Agency. He will announce recommendations on this matter at a later date.  

Through United States Cyber Command, we will tackle our cyberspace challenges in coordination with like-minded allies and partners as we strive to respond rapidly to evolving cyberspace security threats and opportunities globally.