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Joint Chiefs of Staff Conclude US Can't Win Global Cyberwar

Joint Chiefs of Staff Conclude US Can't Win Global Cyberwar
(Sascha Steinach/AP)

By    |   Wednesday, 20 June 2018 06:09 PM

The Joint Chiefs of Staff admitted in a new report the United States cannot gain superiority in cyberspace because of the complex and vast nature of the platform.

The lengthy report released earlier this month drew conclusions to the global battle to gain the upper hand in the virtual world.

"Permanent global cyberspace superiority is not possible due to the complexity of cyberspace," the report reads. "Even local superiority may be impractical due to the way IT is implemented; the fact U.S. and other national governments do not directly control large, privately owned portions of cyberspace; the broad array of state and non-state actors; the low cost of entry; and the rapid and unpredictable proliferation of technology."

The Washington Free Beacon reported on the findings.

One challenge the Pentagon recognized is identifying who is behind cyberattacks. That, the report found, can often determine the response to the attack or threat.

"The ability to hide the sponsor and/or the threat behind a particular malicious effect in cyberspace makes it difficult to determine how, when, and where to respond," the report reads. "The design of the Internet lends itself to anonymity and, combined with applications intended to hide the identity of users, attribution will continue to be a challenge for the foreseeable future."

The military dedicates significant manpower and resources to cybersecurity through the Army Cyber Command. Last fall, the National Guard debuted a cyber brigade that has nearly 1,000 members.

Russia, North Korea, and China are among the countries U.S. authorities have accused of conducting some level of cyberwarfare.

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