Home / News / Senate Bill Aims to Define ‘Acts of War’ in Cyberspace

Senate Bill Aims to Define ‘Acts of War’ in Cyberspace

cyberSen. Mike Rounds (R-South Dakota) has authored a bill that seeks to encourage the executive branch to identify what cyberspace operations constitute acts of war.

The Cyber Act of War Act of 2016 calls on the federal government to “consider the ways in which the effects of a cyberattack may be equivalent to the effects of an attack using conventional weapons, as well as the intangible effects of significant scope, intensity or duration,” Rounds wrote in an opinion piece for the Wall Street Journal published Sunday.

He noted the U.S. has policies that guide the Defense Department on how it should respond to a cyber attack against military assets but does not have a formal policy that can help DoD address a similar attack on critical civilian infrastructure.

Rounds added he believes having a clear definition of cyber acts of war will allow the government to determine the appropriate time to initiate offensive cyber missions against adversaries.

Check Also

GAO: Air Force to Deploy New Combat Rescue Helicopters to Active Component by FY 2020

The Government Accountability Office has found that the U.S. Air Force intends to start fielding in fiscal 2020 new Combat Rescue Helicopters to replace aging HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters that have recorded the most flight time when it comes to staff recovery missions. GAO said in a report published Thursday the service will initially deploy the new helicopters to the active component six years ahead of the reserve component and to the Air National Guard by 2027.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *