You will be redirected to the page you want to view in  seconds.

U.S. Needs Offensive Weapons in Cyberwar: General

Oct. 4, 2012 - 08:06PM   |  
  • Filed Under

WASHINGTON — The United States needs to develop offensive weapons in cyberspace as part of its effort to protect the nation from cyber attacks, a senior military official said Oct. 4.

“If your defense is only to try to block attacks you can never be successful,” Gen. Keith Alexander, director of the National Security Agency and commander of the U.S. Cyber Command, told a Washington symposium.

“At times, the government has to look at what you have to do to stop an attack — stop it before it happens. Part of our defense has to consider offensive measures.”

Alexander, who spoke at a cybersecurity summit sponsored by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, said any offensive cyber action would need to follow rules of engagement similar to those in other military situations.

“We have to have a discussion on this,” he said.

Alexander’s comments come as the U.S. military has started studying various strategies in cyberspace, including offensive weapons.

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has begun studying building a platform for offensive capabilities in cyberspace and has called for participation from academic and industry experts.

The U.S. government has stopped short of confirming involvement in cyber weapons such as the Flame and Stuxnet viruses that have targeted Iran, but many analysts say there is evidence of U.S. or Israeli involvement.

More In World News

Start your day with a roundup of top defense news.

More Headlines from North America



Login to This Week's Digital Edition

Subscribe for Print or Digital delivery today!

Exclusive Events Coverage

In-depth news and multimedia coverage of industry trade shows and conferences.



Defensenews TV

  • Sign-up to receive weekly email updates about Vago's guests and the topics they will discuss.