The Pentagon will invite hackers to test the Defense Department’s cybersecurity with the goal of keeping future hackers out. The pilot program, called “Hack the Pentagon,” will allow vetted hackers to find and analyze vulnerabilities on public DOD webpages and a predetermined system; critical mission systems will not be included. “I am always challenging our people to think outside the five-sided box that is the Pentagon,” Defense Secretary Ash Carter said in a written release. “Inviting responsible hackers to test our cybersecurity certainly meets that test. I am confident this innovative initiative will strengthen our digital defense and ultimately enhance our national security.” Hackers must register and submit to a background check before they can participate in the program, which will begin in April.
U.S. Air Force F-35s and F-22s regularly deploy deep into the Pacific region from Alaska, Utah, and Hawaii. In the future, though, the head of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command would like to see the Air Force permanently station fifth-generation aircraft west of the international date line—closer to China.