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U.S. Cyber Command Command Says Country May Need to Increase Offensive Cyber Capabilities

The Washington Post reports that “the government’s efforts to deter computer attacks against the United States are not working and it is time to consider boosting the military’s cyber-offensive capability, the head of U.S. Cyber Command told Congress on Thursday.”  

“’We’re at a tipping point,’ said Adm. Michael S. Rogers, who also directs the National Security Agency, at a hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee. ‘We need to think about: How do we increase our capacity on the offensive side to get to that point of deterrence?’”  

“Rogers noted that the command, which launched in 2010, has focused mostly on defense. But, he said, ‘in the end, a purely defensive, reactive strategy will be both late to need and in­cred­ibly resource-intense.’”

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