Recently there has been a lot of talk about the U.S. actively addressing ways to defend our networks from foreign aggression. I’m afraid we may be a day late and a dollar short. China continually creates binary mischief and we pretend that it doesn’t happen. We also generally fail to point the finger at them and call them out on their digital adventures. Current U.S. policy is woefully inadequate in addressing these aggressive incursions. We have failed to lay out what kind of cyber provocations we are willing to respond to. The U.S. also frames our cyber security strategy around defensive capability. We had better develop robust offensive cyber capabilities to deter unwanted intrusions. The Army uses the defense just long enough to transition to offensive operations. This allows the Army to gain and retain the initiative. If the U.S. doesn’t address the cyber domain in the same fashion then we as a nation abdicate the responsibility to defend our networks with all means at our disposal. If you don’t think China is refining its cyber offensive capabilities then I invite you to read here, here, and here.
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