Russia’s Defense Ministry is moving ahead with plans to create a cyber warfare unit that will be operational by the end of 2013 and will seek to counter cyber threats.
U.S. officials, however, say the Russian military is struggling to find computer and network professionals with the expertise for the command.
Officials says the problems suggest the Russian military cyber warfare capabilities will have limited in the beginning and focuse on countering threats to networks rather than offensive computer attack operations.
The Russian cyber force will be similar to the U.S. Cyber Command that was created several years ago and is part of the Omaha-based U.S. Strategic Command.
Russian leaders have said the cyber threat to Russia stems from U.S. domination of the Internet and social media. The controls give the United States strategic capabilities to reach political and military objectives without using kinetic military force.