Tags: BNTEAMS | BUSINESS | CNG | COS | DCAA | DEF | EXE

Senators Demand Answers on U.S. Cyber Warfare Policy

Wednesday, 20 Jul 2011 05:21 PM

 

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
    A   A  
  Copy Shortlink

July 20 (Bloomberg) -- The Defense Department has failed to deliver to Congress a report on U.S. cyber warfare policy that would clarify the legal authorities and rules of engagement to be used in the event of a cyber attack, the leaders of the Senate Armed Services Committee said today.

“The continued failure to address and define the policies and legal authorities necessary for the Pentagon to operate in the cyberspace domain remains a significant gap in our national security that must be addressed,” wrote Senators Carl Levin, a Michigan Democrat, and John McCain, an Arizona Republican, in a letter to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.

By law, the Pentagon was to report to Congress by March 1 on its cyber warfare policy, outlining a number of “critical questions” that must be addressed in the new battlefield of cyberspace, the senators said.

The Defense Department last week released a new “Strategy for Operating in Cyberspace” that focuses on improving defenses instead of threatening retaliation for attacks.

Levin, the committee chairman, and McCain, the ranking Republican, said the policy fails to answer all the questions demanded by Congress.

Among the unresolved issues, they wrote, are how to preserve the president’s freedom of action in a crisis, the rules of engagement for commanders, and what would constitute an act of war in cyberspace.

Major Breaches

Congressional interest in cyber warfare has been growing as reports proliferate of major breaches in cyber security. Deputy Defense Secretary William Lynn disclosed last week that foreign hackers stole 24,000 U.S. military files in a single attack on a defense contractor in March.

Panetta, who took office this month, warned at his confirmation hearing in June that “the next Pearl Harbor we confront could very well be a cyber attack.”

Levin and McCain told Panetta in their letter that he should explain why their unanswered questions are not yet resolved if no report is forthcoming.

“We are aware of the letter and are reviewing for comment back to the Senate,” said Lt. Col. April Cunningham, a Defense Department spokesman.

--Editors: Steven Komarow, Terry Atlas

To contact the reporter on this story: David Lerman in Washington at Dlerman1@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Mark Silva at msilva34@bloomberg.net.

© Copyright 2014 Bloomberg News. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Atlanta US Attorney Yates Tapped for Deputy AG

Sunday, 21 Dec 2014 17:46 PM

President Barack Obama is preparing to nominate the top federal prosecutor in Atlanta to the No. 2 position at the Justi . . .

Pataki: Obama to Blame for US Troubles Abroad

Sunday, 21 Dec 2014 16:54 PM

President Barack Obama's "lead-from-behind" strategy is to blame for most of America's problems abroad, former New York  . . .

Variety's Wallenstein: How Obama Took Sony's Crisis From Bad to Worse

Sunday, 21 Dec 2014 15:53 PM

If there are such things as textbooks in the field of crisis management, the Sony Pictures hack might end up in the chap . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved