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  • Tactical Cyber Offensive Is In Play

    In a rare, open moment for a senior cyber official, Marine Lieutenant General Richard P. Mills recently discussed cyber operations that can only be labeled tactical and offensive. Given the ongoing debate about any cyber operations beyond pure defense (even so-called “active defense” is seen by some as a non-starter), … More

    Sequestration: We're About to Shoot the Hostage

    U.S. political leaders are facing a crossroads. They can step up and solve the budget impasse, or they can do nothing and let mandated sequestration cuts take effect. The latter course would have grave consequences for the nation. Lawmakers should keep several things in mind as we hurtle toward the … More

    Newest Hacker Target: Larger Systems That Run Everything Else

    The “systems that control our systems” are now among the most lucrative targets for hackers. Control systems are the computer programs that run and manage other computer programs. They manage water treatment plants, they run the D.C. Metro system, and they run the multitude of systems in hospitals. About a … More

    Cybersecurity: President Threatens to Override Congress

    The signs are growing that President Obama may once again trot out his new favorite tool—the executive order—to override the will of the people as represented by Congress. Senate majority leader Harry Reid (D–NV) failed to get the Cybersecurity Act of 2012 passed. Even with the last-minute horse trading that … More

    The President Shouldn't Override the Congress on Cybersecurity

    The attempt to pass a comprehensive cybersecurity bill before the summer recess failed today in the Senate, 52–46. The Cybersecurity Act of 2012 was still not ready for prime time, despite several tries at moderating its more objectionable aspects. With this vote, cybersecurity legislation is not likely to move any … More

    Milton Friedman: Father of the All-Volunteer Military

    Milton Friedman, who would be 100 years old today, is primarily remembered as a Nobel Prize winner in economics. But for all his achievements in his chosen field, it is a very different accomplishment that may be his biggest legacy. Friedman is known by those in the defense field as … More

    Hidden Effects of the Sequestration Cuts to Defense

    One of the interesting and disturbing aspects of the ongoing debate about how the sequestration cuts will gut the defense budget by nearly $500 billion over the next 10 years has been the stance of the major defense contractors. Their position has started to shift. As the battle in Washington … More

    Who's "Playing Politics with Our Military"?

    Despite the disastrous defense cuts that are looming with sequestration, the two main players—President Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D–NV)—see the situation as win-win. Sequestration will hit several areas in government, but defense will eat the lion’s share: 47 percent of the cuts come from defense, considerably less … More

    Mandated Military Cuts: What Is the President's Real Priority?

    A recent Wall Street Journal article entitled “The Coming Defense Crack-Up” lays out a compelling argument against the defense cuts that are going to hit on January 2, 2013, if something is not done soon. The sequestration cuts that are mandated by the Budget Control Act (BCA) will gut defense … More

    Push to Inform the Public on Disastrous Defense Cuts Continues

    House Armed Services Committee member Randy Forbes (R–VA) continues to educate the general public about the potentially dangerous defense cuts mandated by sequestration under the Budget Control Act. Following up on events in Virginia, California, and Florida, Forbes held a Defending Our Defenders meeting in Great Falls, Montana, on July … More