President Barack Obama with first lady Michelle Obama exit Air Force One as they arrive at Air Station Cape Cod, in Mass., Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
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The Obama administration is preparing to elevate the stature of the Pentagon's Cyber Command, signaling more emphasis on developing cyber weapons to deter attacks, punish intruders into U.S. networks and tackle adversaries such as ISIS, current and former officials told Reuters.Cyber Command would be separated from the National Security Agency, a spy agency responsible for electronic eavesdropping, the officials said.A former senior intelligence official with knowledge of the plan said it reflects the growing role that cyber operations play in modern warfare, and the different missions of the Cyber Command and the NSA.Established in 2010, Cyber Command is now subordinate to the U.S. Strategic Command, which oversees military space operations, nuclear weapons and missile defense.The Pentagon acknowledged earlier this year that it has conducted cyber attacks against ISIS, although the details are highly classified.Cyber Command's mission is geared more to shutting down cyber attacks -- and, if ordered, counter attacking.
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