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Army Fights Culture Gap Between Cyber & Ops: ‘Dolphin Speak’

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


ARLINGTON: “We needed to learn to speak infantry,” said Col. William Hartman, commander of the Army’s first offensive cyber operations brigade. That’s not easy. When one of Hartman’s teams joined a brigade of the 25th Infantry Division for an exercise this spring, the colonel recounted, the 25th’s commanding general told Hartman that his cyber operators… Keep reading →

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Navy Submariner Takes Pentagon Cyber Post

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WASHINGTON: The Pentagon named a Navy cryptologist to a top cyber policy position today. Rear Adm. Sean Filipowski, who’ll get his second star with the new job, is a protégé of former NSA director Gen. Keith Alexander. Filipowski even served as Alexander’s intelligence chief at US Cyber Command — a position that requires keeping on… Keep reading →

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US Flying Blind To Looming Terror Plots

Posted by James Kitfield on


There’s an old trope in intelligence circles that defenders have to be right all the time, while the terrorists only need to get lucky once to execute a successful attack. The knowledge that no one is right all the time makes most counterterrorism experts cautiously pessimistic about the likelihood of another successful terrorist attack on… Keep reading →

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Adversaries Outpace US In Cyber War; Acquisition Still Too Slow

Posted by Colin Clark on


COLORADO SPRINGS: The United States invented the Internet, but we may not rule it any more. “We are certainly behind right now. We are chasing our adversary, for sure,” one of the Air Force’s top cyber warriors, Col. Dean Hullings, told an audience of about 350 here at the National Space Symposium‘s one-day cyber event. Hullings,… Keep reading →

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CyberCom Chief Alexander Lays Down Cyber Red Line; Destroy A Network, Risk War

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CAPITOL HILL: On the day that China’s president took personal charge of his country’s new cyber body, pledging to make the People’s Republic of China a “cyber power,” the outgoing head of America’s Cyber Command laid out a clear red line that, if crossed, could lead to war. “If it destroys government or other networks,… Keep reading →

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National Guard Fights For Cyber Role In 2015 Budget

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Chinese and Russian hackers have everybody running scared. So whatever else happens with the president’s budget request for fiscal year 2015, we know it will include more money for things cyber, from purely defensive network security to black-budget “offensive cyber weapons” such as the Stuxnet worm. But one big thing remains in doubt: the role… Keep reading →

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Obama Picks Navy Admiral For NSA; Keeps CyberCom Ties

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PENTAGON: Vice Adm. Michael Rogers

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CyberCom Elevation To Stand-Alone Command On SecDef’s Desk; Sen. Levin Cautions Pentagon

Posted by Colin Clark on


CAPITOL HILL: The rumor has been rife for weeks: Cyber Command is about to be elevated to a command equal to the powerful regional combatant commands such as Central and Pacific Commands. This would make what many observers regard as the natural maturation of the increasingly important command, as well as its separation from the… Keep reading →

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Cyber Chief Issues Call For Action — Not More Talk; Alexander Outlines Who Does What

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WASHINGTON: The nation’s top military cyber commander offered his version of how government and military agencies are likely to work together when America suffers cyber attacks, and warned that industry needs to take a greater role. “We have laid out lanes of the road,” Gen. Keith Alexander, commander of Cyber Command and director of the… Keep reading →

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After Pledging Huge IT Savings, Can NSA’s Alexander Deliver?

Posted by Colin Clark on


ORLANDO: Gen. Keith Alexander, head of the National Security Agency and Cyber Command, told a standing-room-only crowd at the annual Geoint intelligence conference last year that the NSA and its sister intelligence agencies could save one third or more on their information technology costs by moving to the so-called cloud. Given that Director of National… Keep reading →

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