Langevin Statement on the Elevation of U.S. Cyber Command

Aug 18, 2017 Issues: Armed Services, Cybersecurity

Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI), ranking member of House Armed Services Committee’s Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities and co-chair of the Congressional Cybersecurity Caucus, released the following statement regarding the elevation of U.S. Cyber Command to a unified combatant command:

“Today is a seminal day in the history of US cybersecurity policy, a recognition that every armed conflict going forward will have a cyber component. I commend Secretary Mattis and the Department of Defense for using authority delegated by Congress last year to formally elevate U.S. Cyber Command to a unified combatant command. This change is an affirmation of the growing maturity of CYBERCOM and its ability to defend our nation in cyberspace from the growing capabilities of our adversaries. The men and women at CYBERCOM are our first line defenders, and they deserve a command structure that supports their essential mission. I look forward to continuing to work with the Department as it studies the conditions under which CYBERCOM might split from the National Security Agency and whether such a split would in fact improve our cyberspace operations.”