DARPA, the Pentagon’s research outfit, announced that next month it will host a meeting for defense contractors in which the agency will outline the Pentagon’s need for “revolutionary technologies for understanding, planning and managing cyberwarfare.” DARPA calls it Plan X, and, in public releases, says the purpose of the project is “understanding the cyber battlespace,” quantifying “battle damage,” and working in DARPA’s “cyberwar laboratory.”
The United States has already taken steps to bolster its cyberwarfare capabilities, such as creating a Cyber Command, but as the New York Times notes, until now there has been a reluctance to discuss offensive cyber capabilities and strategies openly. Indeed, the Times reports that since June, FBI has been investigating leaks to the New York Times about cyber attacks, attributed to Israel and the United States, against Iran’s nuclear facilities.
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