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    The US Cyber Command will reach the operating capacity this year that will enable it to shift to real world offensive and defensive cyber activities in support of US military objectives, CYBERCOM Commander Adm. Mike Rogers told the House of Representatives Armed Services Committee on Wednesday.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — In 2013, the Cyber Command was given the mission set to stand up a Cyber Mission Force capable of supporting US combatant commanders across the whole of the Department of Defense. In 2016, CYBERCOM will meet 90 percent of its goal to stand up 133 cyber teams.

    "I believe fiscal year [20]16 is a tipping point for us as an organization, where we will go from a focus on developing capacity to a focus on actually employing the capacity that we have been developing over the last three years," Roger stated.

    The improved capacity of Cyber Command has been increasingly apparent "in a range of both defense and offensive real world operations," Roger noted.

    In late February, the Defense Department demonstrated its first integration of the Cyber Command into battlefield operations when it targeted Daesh computer and cell phone networks in Syria.

    At present, the Cyber Command has 27 teams that are fully operational, and 68 others that have reached initial operating capability.

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