Trump approves plan to create independent US cyber command
US president Donald Trump has approved a Pentagon plan to create an independent cyber command to beef up cyber war operations against Islamic State and other foes.
The announcement means US cyber command may eventually be split off from the intelligence-focused National Security Agency (NSA).
For now, Mr Trump has agreed to raise the stature of cyber command within the military and give it more autonomy.
The plan had been languishing since last year when then-defence secretary Ash Carter sent a proposal to former president Barack Obama to make cyber command an independent headquarters and break it away from the NSA.
Making an independent cyber command will put the fight in digital space on the same footing as the more traditional realms of land, air and sea.