German cyber command becomes official military branch

The German military has officially inaugurated a 260-strong cyber command which will become a fifth branch of the Bundeswehr. Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen has officially inaugurated the newly-created Cyber and Information Space Command (CIR), making it the fifth branch of German military after the army, navy, air force and medical service.

The Bundeswehr’s cyber command will operate around the clock to protect its own IT infrastructure and computer-assisted weapons systems, also be tackling inbound online threat. The Cyber and Information Space Command is the youngest branch of Germany’s military the Bundeswehr. The decision to form new military branch was presented by Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen on 26 April 2016, with the command becoming operational on 1 April 2017. The command’s headquarter is Bonn.

Earlier, Lieutenant General Ludwig Leinhos, the CIR’s commander, told Germany has now become the first NATO member “to have a self-contained operational command,” adding that Berlin’s partners “are following [the creation of cyber command] with great interest.” The Bundeswehr’s cyber command will operate around the clock to protect its own IT infrastructure and computer-assisted weapons systems, also tackling inbound online threats, Leinhos noted.

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