Thursday, April 30, 2009

Panel Advises Clarifying U.S. Plans On Cyberwar

From New York Times:

The United States has no clear military policy about how the nation might respond to a cyberattack on its communications, financial or power networks, a panel of scientists and policy advisers warned Wednesday, and the country needs to clarify both its offensive capabilities and how it would respond to such attacks.

The report, based on a three-year study by a panel assembled by the National Academy of Sciences, is the first major effort to look at the military use of computer technologies as weapons. The potential use of such technologies offensively has been widely discussed in recent years, and disruptions of communications systems and Web sites have become a standard occurrence in both political and military conflicts since 2000.

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My Comment: This is a discussion and debate that will involve many departments over the next few years. The Defense and National Security Departments have awoken up to the fact that the "virtual world" can be just as important as the real world ..... expect a whole new discussion to come out of this in the next few months.

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