The head of the National Security Agency said the USA is in need of a "digital warfare force," according to an article by the BBC. The article states that the head of the NSA, Lt Gen Keith Alexander, said that the US needed to create a digital warfare force for the future, and to reorganise its existing cyber operations.
The general stated that the current departments relating to this required more resources, as well as training. The proposed department would be completed by 2010, and would be part of the US Strategic Command, working with the US Department of Homeland Security.
Operations chief of First Base Technologies said "My own view is that the only way to counteract both criminal and espionage activity online is to be proactive. If the US is taking a formal approach to this, then that has to be a good thing". However, he added "if the US takes on the mantle of the world's police; that might not go down so well."
Within the last 6 months, over $100m has been spent by the Pentagon on repairing damage done by cyber attacks, and related network issues.