The United States Air Force is no longer tip-toeing around it’s intentions regarding hacking of opponent networks. As part of a recent presentation and procurement effort (dubbed “Cyberspace Warfare Operations Capabilities (CWOC)“) their plan of action seems to be to gear out the military with cyber strikes that have the capability of being launched not only by the head honcho/big cheese/high chief muckamuck but also by an “operational commander.”
Should malware really be placed in the hand of local generals as part of their normal toolkit? Lt. General Richard Mills, who led troops in Afghanistan in both 2010 and 2011, discussed in an August technology conference about the strategies of using cyber warfare while in Afghanistan and his ability to use them with great impact against his foes.
The Air Force isn’t the only branch of the military gearing up for cyber battles. As we discussed last week, Darpa released details of ‘Plan X’ to help “war planners assemble and launch online strikes in a hurry.” The Marines have also put together a company stationed at the National Security Agency (NSA) headquarters to give the corps members “offensive capabilities.”
According to a recent procurement announcement, Invincea, a Washington area cybersecurity firm, has been awarded a $600,000 no-bid contract to begin work on ‘Plan X” as part of the “Digital Battlefield Understanding Study” effort. Invincea may have competition in the market, though, as discussions and deals involving the stocking of America’s cyber arsenal are quite the rage.
Source: “‘Degrade, Disrupt, Deceive’: U.S. Talks Openly About Hacking Foes” – Wired.com
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