Why you should be concerned with the fivefold expansion of the Pentagon’s cybersecurity force
Madison Ruppert, Contributor
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
With the Washington Post reporting on the plans for a fivefold increase in the Pentagon’s cybersecurity force over the next several years, major issues once again come to the fore: the government’s overriding secrecy claims, the right to privacy and the international laws which likely will be ignored in this offensive effort.
According to the Washington Post, the move was requested by the head of the Department of Defense’s Cyber Command and will expand from 900 personnel to a whopping 4,900 in order to strengthen the United States’ “ability to defend critical computer systems and conduct offensive computer operations against foreign adversaries, according to U.S. officials.”
The true nature of this plan is revealed by the second paragraph of the Post’s article which states that the massive growth is “part of an effort to turn an organization that has focused largely on defensive measures into the equivalent of an Internet-era fighting force.”