The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff urges caution on a plan to split up the National Security Agency and U.S. Cyber Command. Defense One reports Gen. Mark Milley says the signals intelligence from the NSA is among the most valuable pieces of intelligence the military gets every day. Milley says splitting the two now might slow the information channels.
- Former CIA official Ron Marks said this is a continuation of a debate that’s been going on since 2017 about whether these two entities are compatible or are taking resources away from each other.
- Marks agrees splitting them up right now is not a good idea because they complement each other well and it would be bad timing after the recent Microsoft break-in and SolarWinds breach.
- “These guys need to have close order support. In the case of NSA, developing tools, helping with the targeting, giving some additional insights into what’s going on out there, which has really strengthened and helped Cyber Command,” said Marks.