Officials and business leaders in Maryland are backing a proposal to elevate U.S. Cyber Command to a unified combatant command — one of 10 charged with carrying out missions around the world — a move they hope will bring prestige and more jobs to the state.

Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger praised the idea on the floor of the House last week, before lawmakers approved the annual defense funding bill, which this year included language directing the Pentagon to make the change.

The Baltimore County Democrat represents Fort Meade, where Cyber Command is headquartered.

The upgrade, he said, “recognizes the fact that cyberspace is the battlefield of the 21st Century.”

Source: Lawmakers Push To Make U.S. Cyber Command A Top Military Command