Along with the rest of the USA Freedom Act, the Call Detail Records (CDR) program is set to expire on 12/15/2019. This is the infamous NSA program that gathered hundreds of millions of American citizens’ phone call metadata records. A commission formed after 9/11, the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB), is studying the phone program to determine whether it should be renewed, despite the fact NSA reportedly asked to shut the program down voluntarily last year.
When the US Cyber Command (CYBERCOM) was founded in 2009 to establish our nation’s cyber fighting force, it was grafted onto the National Security Agency (NSA). This choice made sense at the time. President Obama wanted to stand up CYBERCOM quickly. By leveraging cyber skills and resources already in place at NSA, CYBERCOM became operational much faster. The NSA director (DIRNSA) is “dual hatted” meaning he leads both NSA and CYBERCOM. Many other individuals at all levels