The Times adds that the major point of contention over US plans for cyberwarfare is which government agency will take the lead: the Pentagon or the National Security Agency (NSA), which has more experience in computer operations.
News of the Pentagon's plans comes as Obama is set to announce the creation of a "cyber czar" position, which will oversee the security of US computer networks, both federal and private. The Associated Press reports that the new czar, who will be named in the coming days, will "oversee an enhanced security system for the nation's computer networks."
On Friday, Obama is expected to lay out broad goals for dealing with cyber threats while depicting the U.S. as a digital nation that needs to provide the education required to keep pace with technology and attract and retain a cyber-savvy work force. He also is expected to call for a new education campaign to raise public awareness of the challenges and threats related to cyber security.
The review, however, will not dictate how the government or private industry should tighten digital defenses. Critics say the cyber czar will not have sufficient budgetary and policy-making authority over securing computer systems and spending.
Officials familiar with the discussions say the cyber czar would be a special assistant to the president and would be supported by a new cyber directorate within the National Security Council. The cyber czar would also work with the National Economic Council, said the officials, who described the plan on condition of anonymity because it has not been publicly released.