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The requirement to "fight through" a cyberattack = reasonable planning


Keith Alexander is confirmed as the first head of U.S. Cyber Command, a sub-unified command under Strategic Command.

What caught my eye was his previous sensible testimony (see the other WAPO story) on the subject of war during conditions of cyber attack:

In his written responses, Alexander said that clandestine, offensive actions in cyberspace -- such as dismantling a Web site used by jihadists overseas -- are "traditional military activities" and should not be considered covert operations.

In the event of a cyber attack, the military must still be able to carry out conventional operations.

"Even with the clear understanding that we could experience damage to our infrastructure, we must be prepared to 'fight through' in the worst case scenario," he said.

I know, I know.  The right virus and everything goes back to the Dark Ages and we're all completely helpless.

But indulging in nightmare scenarios isn't planning, it's escapism. As always, the military has to plan on functioning even as comms are degraded.  There's nothing new in that.

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