Officials say they expect a decision and announcement in the coming weeks.
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After months of delay, the Trump administration is finalizing plans to revamp the nation's military command for defensive and offensive cyberoperations in hopes of intensifying America's ability to wage cyberwar against Daesh (ISIS) and other foes, according to U.S. officials. Under the plans, U.S. Cyber Command would eventually be split off from the intelligence-focused National Security Agency.Then-Defense Secretary Ash Carter sent a plan to President Barack Obama last year to make Cyber Command an independent military headquarters and break it away from the NSA, believing that the agency's desire to collect intelligence was at times preventing the military from eliminating Daesh's ability to raise money, inspire attacks and command its widely dispersed network of fighters.Cyber Command was created in 2009 by the Obama administration to address threats of cyber espionage and other attacks. It was set up as a subunit under U.S. Strategic Command to coordinate the Pentagon's ability to conduct cyberwarfare and to defend its own networks, including those that are used by combat forces in battle.Under the new plan being forwarded by the Pentagon to the White House, officials said Army Lt. Gen. William Mayville would be nominated to lead Cyber Command.
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