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Defense bill protects Delaware cybersecurity unit

Friday, December 20, 2013
Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., left, and Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., right, speak in the corridor just off the Senate floor as lawmakers wait for a vote on the defense bill, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., left, and Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., right, speak in the corridor just off the Senate floor as lawmakers wait for a vote on the defense bill, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) (AP Photo)

A defense bill passed by Congress includes a provision to protect funding for a Delaware National Guard cybersecurity unit.

U.S. Sen. Chris Coons says language he included in the bill will protect the New Castle-based 166th Network Warfare Squadron.

Coons says the squadron helps protect America's critical infrastructure systems against the threat of cyber attacks, and that language in the bill would halt and likely prevent cuts to the squadron, as well as cyber units across the Air National Guard.

The language requires the Pentagon to develop a strategy on the use of the Reserve Components in cyber missions.

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