08.18.17

Daines Applauds Elevation of Cyber Command to Combatant Command

U.S. SENATE —U.S. Senator Steve Daines today applauded the action taken by President Donald J. Trump to elevate U.S. Cyber Command to a U.S. Combatant Command.

“I’m glad to see President Trump heed my call to elevate Cyber Command to a Combatant Command – our nation must dominate the cyber domain just as we do on land, at sea and in the air,” Daines stated. “The elevation of Cyber Command to a Combatant Command is vital to ensuring that the United States is fully prepared for cyber warfare and has unparalleled capabilities in that domain.” 

Congress established U.S. Strategic Command to address a rapidly growing need, strengthen the warfighter and to unify forces. Today, with cyber threats being one of the fastest growing national security threats we face, the need for another Combatant Command is clear

Daines had an amendment included in the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act to elevate the command so it can respond to one of the fastest growing threats facing our nation and ensures that Cyber Command is a national commitment receiving sufficient support to complete the ever-expanding cyber missions our warfighters face. 

Daines urged the bicameral conferees of NDAA to ensure that the final legislation sent to the president includes his provision elevating Cyber Command to a Combatant Command.

Daines led Senator John McCain and seven other bipartisan senators in calling for the elevation of the command – which is currently waging one of the most critical battles against ISIS online. Daines spoke about the importance of his provision on the Senate floor, view his remarks here.