Venable partner, Jamie Barnett, was quoted in the August 8, 2016, issue of Fedscoop for an article that discussed how President Barack Obama's top cybersecurity adviser is leaving the door open for major changes to occur at U.S. Cyber Command before November's presidential election.
As a unified combatant command, Cyber Command would hold powers equal to U.S. Strategic Command, but be solely focused on cyber-related missions. If upgraded, an independent Cyber Command would likely no longer be led by current NSA Director Michael Rogers. Instead, a new military commander would be installed at the top.
"If the White House were to write an executive order that would eventually upgrade Cyber Command's status, the decision will likely be made public later this month, as far away from a looming presidential election as possible," said Barnett.
He continued, "When — not if — Cyber Command becomes its own shop, the organization's structural transition will be gradual."