The devastatingly destructive potential of cyber attacks has become the security challenge of our age, said Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. “Cyber is one of those quiet, deadly, insidious unknowns you can’t see,” said Hagel while speaking to about 200 service members at JB Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii on May 30 on the opening leg of his official trip to Singapore. “It’s in the ether—it’s not one big navy sailing into a port, or one big army crossing a border, or squadrons of fighter planes. . . . This is a very difficult, but real and dangerous, threat. There is no higher priority for our country than this issue,” he added. Hagel noted that cyber is “one of the very few items” pegged to receive a boost in funding in the Pentagon’s Fiscal 2014 budget request. (AFPS report by Karen Parrish)
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.