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The first commander of U.S. Cyber Command, then-Army Gen. Keith Alexander, gave Congress in 2013 one of its first public overviews of how quickly an offensive cyberwarfare mindset was spreading across the Pentagon. In military parlance, it means "normalizing" cyberoperations into the daily routine. "We have no alternative but to do so because every world event, crisis and trend now has a cyber-aspect to it, and decisions we make in cyberspace will routinely affect our physical or conventional activities and capabilities as well," Gen. Alexander told lawmakers. (Associated Press)

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National Security Agency (NSA) Director Gen. Keith Alexander testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, before the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on "Continued Oversight of U.S. Government Surveillance Authorities" . (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

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National Security Agency (NSA) Director Gen. Keith Alexander testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, before the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on "Continued Oversight of U.S. Government Surveillance Authorities" . (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

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National Security Agency (NSA) Director Gen. Keith Alexander testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, before the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on "Continued Oversight of U.S. Government Surveillance Authorities." (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

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National Security Agency (NSA) Director Gen. Keith Alexander testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, before the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on "Continued Oversight of U.S. Government Surveillance Authorities" . (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

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"How do we develop the team between Department of Homeland Security, FBI, Cyber Command and others to work as a team to defend the nation in cyberspace?" asked Gen. Keith Alexander as he testifies on Capitol Hill on Thursday before the House Armed Services Committee hearing on cyberspace operations. (Associated Press)

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Lt. Gen. Keith Alexander, director of the National Security Agency (Associated Press)