Category Archives: Department of Defense (DOD)

$858 billion defense bill focuses heavily on cyber. These are some highlights.

Congress is poised to vote in coming days on an $858 billion annual defense policy bill that contains significant spending increases for U.S. Cyber Command and other efforts to bolster national cybersecurity defenses. Here’s a rundown of some of the key cyber elements of the 2023 National Defense Authorization Act and some noteworthy omissions from […]

Biden set to approve expansive authorities for Pentagon to carry out cyber operations

The Defense Department has largely won out in a long-running bureaucratic battle with the State Department over retaining its expansive powers to launch cyber operations without significant input from other government agencies, according to two sources familiar with the matter. While the exact details of which authorities to carry out operations in cyberspace the Pentagon […]

Opinion: Why doctrinal arguments continue to stymie effective cyber policies

Cyberspace is a mess. But did it have to have emerged this way? Certainly, liberal democracies are most especially hamstrung when dealing with such a complicated domain, which is entirely owned by either states or the private sector. Unlike the other domains, there is, of course, no global commons, no international waters or airspace in […]

Pentagon put microgrid technology to the test at DEF CON, drawing on hackers’ ingenuity

The Pentagon will deploy local, self-contained electric grids, or microgrids, to 134 Army bases, beginning in May. But first they tested the technology at DEF CON, looking for hackers’ help finding potentially crippling vulnerabilities so they can better preempt cyberattacks. The collaboration unfolded at the annual cybersecurity and hacking conference this past weekend in Las […]

Opinion: The intellectual mistakes that crippled U.S. cyber policy

No other domain has emerged so poorly in Department of Defense planning as cyber. The U.S. military enjoys dominance in all the other domains — land, sea, air and space. But it has fumbled badly with cyber. Today, cyberspace remains the domain where adversaries, criminal groups and terrorists operate largely freely. Indeed, if it were […]

House Armed Services chair calls national security software, systems ‘too vulnerable’

Rep. Adam Smith, the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, said Tuesday that the United States needs to invest far more in protecting national security communications and software. “Our number one biggest vulnerability in the cyber world is we have systems that are too vulnerable to attack right now because they’re old and we […]

Top cyber feds working toward fresh models of an old mantra: cyber collaboration

For years, cyber policymakers, experts and industry have talked about cybersecurity collaboration, but, National Cyber Director Chris Inglis told reporters Tuesday, “I don’t think we have talked about cyber collaboration very well.” The director of the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, Jen Easterly, took it one step further, saying the government […]

Fick would bring much-needed energy jolt to State’s new cyber bureau, observers say

Andrew Exum, a longtime friend of freshly anointed State Department cyber ambassador Nate Fick, didn’t hold back when he learned that Fick was in line for the highly anticipated State Department Bureau of Cyberspace and Digital Policy ambassador-at-large job. “I’ve traveled all over the world, from San Francisco to Singapore, and the only two things […]

Head of DOD artificial intelligence command warns Pentagon must improve to beat China on AI

The U.S. military’s top expert on artificial intelligence (AI) said Wednesday that the Pentagon must up its game to ensure American supremacy in a future era where artificial intelligence will determine success on the battlefield. China aims to dominate the world in the AI space by 2030, the Pentagon’s Joint Artificial Intelligence Director Lt. Gen. […]

Legislator slams Biden administration for dialing back DOD cyber operation authorities

Cyberspace Solarium Commission Co-Chair Rep. Mike Gallagher lambasted the White House Wednesday, saying the decision to give the State Department more ability to weigh in on some cyber operations “risks undermining our national security.” Gallagher, a Wisconsin Republican, made his remarks in response to a CyberScoop report citing two sources familiar with the discussions between […]

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