The British may have been realists about air war, but Americans still hoped to head off the nightmare. The American tool of choice was international law. (Some things never change.) When war broke out on Sept. 1, 1939, President Franklin D. Roosevelt sent a cable to all the combatants seeking express limits on the use of airpower and expressing his view that “ruthless bombing from the air of civilians in unfortified centers of population … has sickened the hearts of every civilized man and woman, and has profoundly shocked the conscience of humanity. … I am therefore addressing this urgent appeal to every government which may be engaged in hostilities publicly to affirm its determination that its armed forces shall in no event, and under no circumstances, undertake the bombardment from the air of civilian populations or of unfortified cities.” … [Read more...] about What Is the Role of Lawyers in Cyberwarfare?
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Not everyone agrees about the severity of the threat, however. Bruce Schneier, a security expert and author of several books on internet security and cryptography, says "the entire national debate on cyberwar is plagued with exaggerations and hyperbole." Whatever the case, it is better to be prepared than suffer the consequences of a cyberdisaster that not only has the potential to derail business, but could expose the military and major U.S. infrastructure to drastic interruptions or, worse, paralysis. … [Read more...] about Cyberwarfare: World War III or Exaggeration?
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 military,” and plans to “develop a state-of-the-art missile defense system to protect against missile-based attacks from states like Iran and North Korea.” Cyberwarfare is also named as a priority for the new administration, including developing offensive and defensive cyber capabilities at U.S. Cyber Command. The White House also mentions improving health care for veterans, vowing to “begin with firing the corrupt and incompetent Veterans Affairs (VA) executives.” The foreign policy paper posted to the new White … [Read more...] about President Trump Settles into White House; U.S. Senate Confirmed Gen. Mattis as Next Secretary of Defense
He also said he had not come to a decision on whether the NSA and Cyber Command should be separated. They have been combined since the cyber operation was created in 2009, but there has been debate recently over whether they would be more effective as separate entities. … [Read more...] about Senate Confirms Paul Nakasone As New Director For U.S. Cyber Command And National Security Agency
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