BALTIMORE – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, responded with the following statement to the White House announcement that it was elevating U.S. Cyber Command, which is currently a subordinate unit to Strategic Command, to its own Combatant Command.
“We live in a digital world where the online battlefield can be as dangerous as the front lines. We continuously need to work to ensure that our military is always ready and able to fend off continuing and relentless attacks from terrorist organizations, foreign governments, criminals and others who wish to steal, corrupt, or manipulate our critical digital and traditional infrastructure,” said Senator Cardin. “Congress urged the elevation of Cyber Command to a Combatant Command in last year’s defense authorization legislation as an essential step toward protecting our national security. I am thankful that the administration has carried out this change, which will further highlight the stellar work being done at Fort Meade protecting American citizens and our military around the globe.”