Germany Creates Cyber, IT Defense Branch

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  1. Pathfinder

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    GÖTTINGEN, Germany — German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen has unveiled plans to establish a new cyber force to enhance the defense effectiveness of the country's armed forces.

    To this purpose, existing IT capabilities of the Bundeswehr will be bundled within the new branch of cyber and information space (CIR). A total of 13,500 posts from other branches will be assigned to CIR, which will be headed by an inspector with the rank of a lieutenant general. The inspector would take over the leadership of CIR on April 1, 2017.

    A cyber/IT (CIT) department also will be set up within the MoD by Oct. 1. There, a chief information officer will assume responsibility for the subjects of cyber and IT with budgetary sovereignty, according to the MoD.

    The minister also announced Tuesday that the buildup of the entire structure will take till 2021.

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    The cyber domain is the future for intelligence agencies and even military intelligence. The cyber domain gives poorer countries and countries even rich but have less equipment a chance to get more power over bigger forces. Germany has some restrictions on armed forces but with Cyber they can become more powerful with better intelligence and even offensive cyber attack capabilities. Germany has many top hackers and security researchers. They have a very strong information technology industry.
     
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    You hit the nail on the head. Thats precisely what IT/Cyber do, they give those with less resources a chance to have a fair fight. One after one countries are building up these capabilities to collect and protect their own information. Wikileaks, Panama Papers etc showed the power that information leaks can hold, they have the ability to affect geopolitics, economics, and politics.
     
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