US Cyber Command is beginning to see adversaries attempt to attack and take control of networks, rather than just attempt cyber espionage, Air Force Lt. Gen. Kevin McLaughlin, CYBERCOM’s deputy commander, said Tuesday at ASC16. He said such attacks force the targets to question whether they have control over their own networks and whether the data within those networks have good integrity. “It’s really a different military problem,” he said. McLaughlin noted that while CYBERCOM monitors the nature of cyber threats, it is not involved in responding to most cyber attacks in the media because the command’s cyber mission force is only tasked with responding to “attacks of significant consequence” on nonmilitary targets within the US. While the threshold is still being defined, McLaughlin said such a level of attack might occur in the “near future” given the nature and pace of the threat. He said CYBERCOM is training to respond to such an attack, “but it’s not routine that DOD forces are out running around at ports and banks and public utilities defending their terrain.”
President Donald Trump has nominated both Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford and Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs USAF Gen. Paul Selva for reappointment to their current positions, the Pentagon announced Friday.
Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein continued a dialogue on the Air Force’s pilot shortage with airline executives last week.
Officials from the US and the Republic of Korea said that North Korea successfully launched a mid-range ballistic missile Sunday.
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