Washington, D.C., attorney Stewart A. Baker and Charles J. Dunlap Jr., a former deputy judge advocate general of the U.S. Air Force, debate whether the U.S. should learn the practicalities of winning a cyberwar—and then ask lawyers for their input—or, instead, set the legal ground rules before conducting cyberwarfare in Patriots Debate: Contemporary Issues in National Security Law. The book is sponsored by the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Law and National Security, which invited both writers to address the legal approach to cyberwar.STEWART BAKER’S POSITIONStewart A. BakerLawyers don’t win wars.But can they lose a war? We’re likely to find out, and soon. Lawyers across the government have raised so many showstopping legal questions about cyberwar that they’ve left our military unable to fight, or even plan for, a war in cyberspace.No one seriously denies that cyberwar is coming. Russia may have pioneered cyberattacks in its … [Read more...] about What Is the Role of Lawyers in Cyberwarfare?
Cyberwarfare and defense
In a traditional sense, there are four domains of war: land, sea, air and space. However, some now believe there is a fifth domain: cyberspace.Imagine you are midflight on an excursion across the country when every plane in the sky looses contact with air traffic control. Imagine the chaos that would ensue and the lives that would be lost.Or consider another scenario in which outsiders shut down tech-reliant Wall Street, or worse, interrupt stock exchanges worldwide. What if hackers could disrupt the electrical grid, compromise military technology or disable oil refineries and gas pipelines?Some call it gross exaggeration, sensationalism and even fearmongering. But to many, the threat is very real. These scenarios could all, theoretically, be accomplished if enemies were to implement so-called "logic bombs," a piece of code intentionally inserted into a software system that can set off a malicious function when specified conditions are met. And it has happened before. In Estonia … [Read more...] about Cyberwarfare: World War III or Exaggeration?
On Friday, 20 January, Donald J. Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States of America. In his remarks, President Trump stated:“Every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs, will be made to benefit American workers and American families.”He added:“We will follow two simple rules: Buy American and Hire American.”Congress confirmed two of President Trump’s Cabinet officials later that day – the Secretary of Defense and Secretary of Homeland Security. New Commander-in-Chief – President Trump’s Defense & Foreign Policy PrioritiesPresident Trump plans to work to lift the caps on defense spending, rebuild the military, and expand missile defenses, according to a policy paper released on the new White House website last Friday. The defense policy paper states that the President “will end the defense sequester and submit a new budget to Congress outlining a plan to rebuild our … [Read more...] about President Trump Settles into White House; U.S. Senate Confirmed Gen. Mattis as Next Secretary of Defense
POLITICS 04/25/2018 01:59 am ET Nakasone replaces Admiral Mike Rogers, who is retiring after nearly four years in the “dual-hat” position leading the NSA and the military’s cyber warfare division. WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate confirmed on Tuesday President Donald Trump’s choice to lead the U.S. Cyber Command and National Security Agency, Army Lieutenant General Paul Nakasone. Nakasone has an extensive background in cyber issues, having held positions including serving as chief of the U.S. Army’s cyber command since late 2016. Nakasone, 54, replaces Admiral Mike Rogers, who is retiring after nearly four years in the “dual-hat” position leading the NSA, the country’s largest spy agency, and the military’s cyber warfare division. During his confirmation hearing, Nakasone said he did not think Russia, China and other countries had seen enough of a U.S. response to cyber attacks to change their behavior. He also said … [Read more...] about Senate Confirms Paul Nakasone As New Director For U.S. Cyber Command And National Security Agency
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Politics Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Advertisement Supported by ByAlan Rappeport June 11, 2018 WASHINGTON — The Treasury Department imposed a new round of sanctions on Russia on Monday, escalating its response to Russian cyberwarfare as the administration continues to warn about Russia’s potential to meddle in America’s coming midterm elections. The sanctions target five Russian companies and three individuals, some of whom are accused of directly supporting Russia’s intelligence agency, the Federal Security Service, in its efforts to carry out cyberattacks. They follow sanctions that the United States imposed in April on a roster of Russian business tycoons, government officials and corporations, and are the latest example of the hot and cold approach that the Trump administration has taken in handling one of America’s most prominent adversaries. … [Read more...] about Treasury Dept. Hits Russia With New Sanctions