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Michelle Howard: Cyber Could Mirror Nuclear Weapons in Path to Strategic Level

Adm. Michelle Howard
Adm. Michelle Howard

Adm. Michelle Howard, vice chief of naval operations, believes that the development of U.S. cybersecurity capabilities as a potential tool for offense will need presidential authorization, Federal News Radio reported Friday.

Scott Maucione writes that Howard told her audience at a recent Center for Strategic and International Studies event that there is a similarity in the development of cyber and nuclear weapons.

“At some point in our history we actually had nuclear weapons in artillery in Europe, nuclear weapons on depth charges and at some point somebody goes ‘Hmm, tactical nuclear weapons may not be such a good idea,’ and we brought it all the way back up to the strategic level,” Howard said.ADS_cyber_200x200

Potential uses of cyber weapons are also included in the cyber strategy the Defense Department released in the spring, the report said.

Howard noted that the U.S. Navy still continues its efforts to bolster cyber defenses through the work of Task Force Awakening.

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