- Associated Press - Thursday, August 27, 2015

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE (AP) - The newly-installed leader of the U.S. Transportation Command at Scott Air Force Base says cyberattacks are an “evolving threat” that need to be dealt with aggressively.

Gen. Darren McDew became the 12th commander of “Transcom,” on Wednesday.

It’s headquartered out of the southern Illinois base but has more than 100,000 logistics professionals worldwide. Transcom was established in the late 1980s to coordinate the country’s global defense transportation system and oversee military and humanitarian missions.

McDew says Transcom hasn’t kept up with the tools needed to fight cyberattacks and also needs to evolve.

McDew is the former commander of the 18th Air Force and Air Mobility Command, which are both at Scott. The 54-year-old accepted the nomination from predecessor, Gen. Paul Selva, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

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