WASHINGTON — With the threat of cyber attacks fresh on the minds of members of Congress, the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee is considering setting up a select committee on cyber issues.
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., told an audience Wednesday that he is weighing such a move because of what he called a growing threat from cyber attacks, such as the one that struck the Office of Personnel Management earlier this year.
“We actually have done almost nothing in the area of cyber in the Pentagon,” McCain said. “I intend to really focus a lot of the attention of the committee on the issue of cyber, and have been playing around with the idea of maybe we need a select committee.
“I’m not big on select committees, a lot of times they are a waste of time,” McCain added. “But when you look at the areas that cyber impacts in our economy … there is at least six committees that have some kind of oversight responsibilities.”