The U.S. Army today announced plans on establishing a new Army Forces Cyber Command Headquarters within the National Capital Region, which will be created no later than October 2010, according to the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense.
Army Forces Cyber Command, the Army’s component to U.S. Cyber Command, capitalizes on existing Army cyber resources, and achieves efficiencies by bringing cyber resources under a single command. The U.S. Army Network Enterprise Technology Command/9th Signal Command (Army) and portions of the 1st Information Operations Command (Land) will be subordinate units to ARFORCYBER. Additionally, the U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command will be under the operational control of ARFORCYBER for cyber-related actions.
The total command will exceed 21,000 soldiers and civilians, and there will be no new growth or impact to Army end strength. The cost to establish ARFORCYBER will be funded from within existing fiscal resources.
The Army is on track to meet full operational capability for ARFORCYBER in October 2010. Effective Oct. 1, 2009, the Army achieved initial operating capability by using the Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command as the interim ARFORCYBER Headquarters, with support from U.S. Army Network Enterprise Technology Command/9th Signal Command (Army), the 1st Information Operations Command (Land), and U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command.