DoD Plans to Use Preemptive Deadly Force on Hackers, Cyber Threats
Saturday, March 9, 2013
A new report from the Department of Defense outlines the military’s capability to deter cyber threats with some pretty heavy firepower, including nuclear weapons.
The paper written by the Defense Science Board described the best types of bombs to use on hackers to be “Global selective strike systems e.g. penetrating bomber, submarines with long range cruise missiles, Conventional Prompt Global Strike (CPGS), survivable national and combatant command,” while “Nuclear weapons would remain the ultimate response and anchor the deterrence ladder” for cyber threats.
“The report … implies that the United States might have to rely on nuclear weapons to retaliate after a large-scale cyber attack,” Foreign Policy writes.
Although it seems that Foreign Policy is reporting shocking revelations, they’re actually engaged in subtle misinformation. They claim that this strike capability is only to be used in “retaliation” after a cyber attack as opposed to preemptive strikes to prevent cyber threats, which the military is already authorized to do.
For all the talk of the indefinite detention section of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), a little known provision gave President Obama the authority to “conduct offensive operations in cyberspace”.