U.S. announces new push for offensive cyber arms


Jim Wolf
Reuters
November 7, 2011

The Pentagon’s advanced research arm, which played a key role in developing the Internet 40 years ago, said on Monday it will boost efforts to build offensive cyber arms for possible use against enemy targets by the U.S. military.

“Modern warfare will demand the effective use of cyber, kinetic and combined cyber and kinetic means,” Regina Dugan, director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), told a symposium.

Kinetic is military parlance for such things as bombs, bullets and troops.

The United States needs “more and better options” to deal with what she described as the growing threat to industrial and other physical systems controlled by computers that may be penetrated by foes, Dugan told the session.

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