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updated 6/7/2012 4:48:40 PM ET 2012-06-07T20:48:40

A secret cyberwarfare unit exists within the German military, according to a government document presented in Berlin to a committee on defense.

The Computer Network Operations Unit was established in 2006 and since then has conducted simulated attacks in a "closed laboratory environment," Stars and Stripes reported. This is the first time the German military has acknowledged the existence of a cyberunit capable of taking offensive action.

The location and size of the military wing, which reports to the joint forces strategic intelligence command in the western city of Bonn, were not disclosed.

[What Cyberwar Would Look Like]

Germany isn't the only country developing cyberwar capabilities; U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta has approved a new organizational framework designed to be a first step in developing standardized cyberoperations in the U.S. military, Defense News  reports.

According to a memorandum obtained by Defense News, the revised framework includes "joint cyber centers" that will "serve as the nexus for combatant command cyberspace enterprise" and will act as a link between the U.S. Cyber Command (CYBERCOM) and combatant commanders.

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