DARPA Wants More Money for Cyber Weapons
November 8, 2011 12:24 PM
comment(s) - last by
DARPA wants offensive and defensive weapons
The number of cyber attacks and malicious software programs out there on the internet today are growing constantly these attacks may only be a nuisance to some of us, but they
pose real world threats to the security of the U.S. during war
(and even at times of relative peace). The Pentagon is looking to field new weapons on the cyber battlefield for offense and defense.
Researchers from DARPA want better weapons – and more of them -- that can be used to defend against cyber attacks and to attack foreign nations in times of war. DARPA director Regina Dugan is calling for a much greater investment in the development and deployment of defensive and offense cyber weapons.
"Malicious cyber attacks are not merely an existential threat to our bits and bytes. They are a real threat to our physical systems, including our military systems," said Dugan. "To this end, in the coming years we will focus an increasing portion of our cyber research on the investigation of offensive capabilities to address military-specific needs."
The 2012 budget had $120 million allotted to the development of cyber weapons and DARPA is proposing an increase to $208 million. Some in the DoD want even more allotted to cyber weapons with a call for up to $500 million in funding. Dugan is also calling for the military to create offensive cyber units to protect our national security. She didn’t mention what weapons these offensive cyber units would employ.
Dugan said, "Our first goal must be to prevent war. We do so in part by being prepared for it. Failing prevention, however, we must accept our responsibility to be prepared to respond."
Retired Marine General James Cartwright recently
urged the military
to step up the cyber security game. He wants the military to be more open about its cyber weapons and their use so that they can be used as a deterrent.
"We've got to step up the game; we've got to talk about our offensive capabilities and train to them; to make them credible so that people know there's a penalty to this," said Cartwright. "You can't have something that's a secret be a deterrent. Because if you don't know it's there, it doesn't scare you."
This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled
A wise Captain once said..
11/8/2011 3:23:17 PM
There will never be a computer network on my ship!
RE: A wise Captain once said..
11/8/2011 3:35:17 PM
Sorry, I missed the sarcasm here. Ships have very large networks...and I would assume that they are all plugged into the larger military network...and hooked up to satellite networks.
I think I missed you point. please forgive me.
RE: A wise Captain once said..
11/8/2011 4:33:34 PM
You fail at geekdom. :)
In BSG, the Galactica was able to survive the cylon attacks because it's older computer system were not integrated. Essentially, no network between control systems and non-control systems.
It's true, secrets need to be stored on servers that have no access to the internet. Period.
Make an exception and you leave a hole.
"Can anyone tell me what MobileMe is supposed to do?... So why the f*** doesn't it do that?" -- Steve Jobs
Ex-Marine Corps General: We've Got to Step Up Our Cyber Security Game
November 7, 2011, 11:18 AM
China Brazenly Brags About Internet Attacks on U.S. in Leaked Video
August 23, 2011, 10:03 AM
Commercial Drones to Get Privacy Guidelines Via Executive Order
July 25, 2014, 5:34 PM
Pentagon's Priciest Project, F-35, Misses International Debut
July 25, 2014, 10:18 AM
Temple University Researchers Hit the Delete Button on HIV, Remove it from Human Cells
July 22, 2014, 7:39 AM
Airbus Shows Off All-Electric E-Fan 2.0 Airplane, Plans Production in 2017
July 21, 2014, 9:29 AM
Buzz Aldrin Says First Astronauts to Set Foot on Mars Should Never Return Home
July 9, 2014, 9:46 AM
Women May Soon Be Able to Control Their Fertility via Remote Control
July 7, 2014, 10:14 AM
Most Popular Articles
Ford Details ’15 F-150’s 325hp, 2.7L EcoBoost V6; Demonstrates 732-lb Weight Loss
July 22, 2014, 6:55 PM
Comcast Memo: Harassing Customers During Retention Calls Actually IS Our Policy
July 22, 2014, 5:19 PM
Kindle Fire Phone Review Roundup -- A Solid "Meh"
July 23, 2014, 2:09 PM
Windows 9 Will Merge Windows, Windows Phone, Windows RT in 2015
July 23, 2014, 3:33 PM
Russia Looks to Counter U.S. Sanctions With Bill Targeting American Tech Firms
July 22, 2014, 3:49 PM
Latest Blog Posts
Space Terrorism is a Looming Threat For the United States
Apr 23, 2014, 7:47 PM
Facebook Aims to Provide Internet to "Every Person in the World" with Drones, Satellites
Apr 1, 2014, 10:20 AM
Retail Mobile Sites Experience Outages in Light of Simplexity's Bankruptcy
Mar 14, 2014, 8:48 AM
Tesla vs. BMW: Who Has the Safer EV?
Feb 1, 2014, 2:56 PM
Justice Leaks Details of Next HTC One Two Flagship Phone
Dec 5, 2013, 4:04 PM
More Blog Posts
Copyright 2014 DailyTech LLC. -
Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information