Carter made the disclosure on Thursday at the Aspen Security Forum, held in Aspen, Colorado, saying, "I wanted to start this fast. Even at a time of budget constraint the Pentagon is spending everything we think we can spend wisely."

According to Carter, this will be the first such unit in the US military, and they will be under the command of Keith Alexander, who heads both the National Security Agency (NSA) and US Cyber Command.

"The teams are new, and they are in addition to the NSA work force," said Carter, adding they will be drawn from members of the military services, but will eventually be modeled on Special Operations.

According to Alexander, the military plans to field 40 cyber teams, with 27 focused on defence and 13 focused on creating cyber weapons.


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