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New push for offensive cyber arms disclosed

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November 7, 2011
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The Pentagon’s advanced research arm, which played a key role in developing the Internet 40 years ago, said on Monday it will boost efforts to build offensive cyber arms for possible keyboard-launched attacks against enemy targets.

The U.S. military needs “more and better options” to deal with a growing threat to industrial and other systems controlled by computers vulnerable to penetration, Regina Dugan, director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, told a symposium.

“Modern warfare will demand the effective use of cyber, kinetic and combined cyber and kinetic means,” she said. Kinetic is military parlance for such things as bombs, bullets and troops.

The cyber colloquium was the first of its kind hosted by the agency, known as DARPA, to discuss securing U.S. infrastructure and trying to ensure the military can rely on its digitally networked systems in future conflicts for everything from targeting to intelligence gathering to logistics.

via Reuters, continued here.