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February 28, 2017


Cybersecurity will receive increased attention in the Senate Armed Services Committee this Congress with the creation of a new subcommittee. The Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, established by committee Chairman John McCain (R-Ariz.), will focus on cyber policies and capabilities and oversight of certain cyber-related budget accounts and several Department of Defense (DoD) offices, commands, and agencies. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), who will head the committee with Ranking Member Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), said the panel’s first task will be to work with DoD to create guidelines for cyberattack response. The panel also is expected to establish a more direct line of communication between the military and the civilian side of the cybersecurity discussion. Other senators appointed to the subcommittee are Sens. Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), Sonny Perdue (R-Ga.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.); Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), and Richard  Blumenthal (D-Ct.).


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