Cyber





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China: Hey, we’re cyber-victims too

A report from Beijing says China endured nearly half a million cyber-attacks last year, but most of them apparently didn’t originate where you might think.



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DoD launches dedicated cyber-strategy website

The Pentagon wants to get all its cyber-matters into one convenient place online, but its focus still is exclusively on defense, with nary a peep about its own offensive or snooping capabilities.


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Tie Future Budgets to Strategy

With more rounds of defense spending cuts looming, the Pentagon must choose which roles and missions are a top priority and which ones aren’t important as it drafts future budgets; a move that will no doubt entail risk and the usual round of ‘painful choices,’ a pair of think tankers advised lawmakers and their staff today on Capitol Hill.



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Is cyber crisis the new normal?

A rash of cyber-attacks, and authorities’ apparent inability to keep up, makes it seem that network chaos might become a daily reality.


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The White House website crackdown

Can the vast Internet real estate taken up by DoD and the intelligence community survive the White House’s planned purge of official websites?


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Army begins mobile phone experiments

The Army has begun a large-scale field test to determine how it could use commercial smartphones and software on the battlefield.


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DoD: Cyber attack is act of war

The Pentagon’s new cyber-strategy will lay down a warning for potential cyber-miscreants, but everything depends on the details.




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Human Training Still Key to Cyber Defense

Despite the need for constant technological innovation in the digital realm, the best defense against cyber attacks is not a new weapon system but strict human security procedures, said Air Force Space Command’s Vice Commander, Lt. Gen. Michael Basla last week.


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All U.S. Aircraft Could Talk to Each Other, Someday

The Air Force’s Chief Information Officer, Lt. Gen. William Lord just shed some more light on how the Pentagon is working to solve the timeless problem of getting all its jets, satellites and ground vehicles to talk to one another.


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Air Force Offensive Cyber Ops Limited, For Now

The military has long been extremely quiet regarding its offensive cyber capabilities, largely leaving it up to analysts and pundits to describe what offensive operations would look like. Yesterday however, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz dropped the biggest hint I’ve heard a Pentagon official say in a while about offensive cyber ops.


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Increasing Need for Public-Private Partnerships in Cyber

Amidst all the talk about Libya today, two U.S. combatant commanders took a moment to bring cyber warfare in to the spotlight, calling for increased public private partnership on cyber matters due to the fact that the vast majority of cyber operations occur outside of the DoD’s purview.


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Furloughs For Half DoD Civvies If Shutdown

UPDATED: House Passes Two Week Budget Reprieve

The Defense Department would be forced to furlough half of its civliian employees if the government were to shut down, Deputy Defense Secretary Bill Lynn told the Senate today. On top of that, Lynn said the department would be hard-pressed to pay its both its civilian and military employees in mid-March should a shutdown occur.