Tuesday, November 8, 2011

11/8/2011 Army Wants Ability to Fight in Cyberspace by 2020

From National Defense mag, Nov. 8, 2011:

The Army wants to deploy a new arsenal of cyberwarfare weapons by 2020.

Lt. Gen. Rhett Hernandez, the commander of Army Cyber Command/Second Army, said the plan is to acquire both defensive and offensive capabilities -- including tools to conduct network damage assessments and ensure that there is no collateral harm done to nonmilitary entities.

Commanders in the field should have a "full range of cyberspace capabilities" at their hands including the ability to "seize, retain and exploit" enemy networks, he said Nov. 8 at the Milcom conference in Baltimore, Md. 

The Army "seeks the same level of freedom to operate in cyberspace domain as we have in the land domain," he said. The command, which became operational in October 2010, is in its infancy.

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