Washington, July 19: The US Defense Department is close to launching a roughly 4,000-person cyber squad devoted to conducting cyber offence and defence operations, Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said.
Carter made the disclosure Thursday at the Aspen Security Forum, held in Aspen, Colorado, saying: "I wanted to start this fast."
He said even at a time of budget constraints the Pentagon is "spending everything we think we can spend wisely" on developing the skills related to such missions, reported Xinhua.
According to Carter, this will be the first such unit in the US military, and they will be under the command of Keith Alexander, who heads both the National Security Agency (NSA) and US Cyber Command.
"The teams are new, and they are in addition to the NSA work force," said Carter, adding they will be drawn from members of the military services, but will eventually be modelled on Special Operations.
According to Alexander, the military plans to field 40 cyber teams, with 27 focused on defences and 13 focused on creating cyber weapons.