Cyberwar on the High Seas

Cyberwar may perhaps be addressed, however, no one seems to take into account or bring attention to manchurian chips within the military and highest levels of government. China builds the chips that we put in our computers and use. China also builds the chips that have gotten past security filters and into our military components. The US government has compromised safety to save a Dollar and no one knows exactly how far China has penetrated our critical defense components and infrastructure, with the exception of our intelligence agencies who are likely to keep a tight lid on information released.

The U.S. Navy is preparing to wage cyber warfare attacks against enemies during conflicts and must avoid strategic surprise from a future cyber attack on its networks, according to a strategy report made public Wednesday night.

“The opening salvos of the next war will likely occur in cyberspace and the Navy must be ready,” the report said. “We must organize, train, and resource a credible workforce of cyber professionals and develop forward-leaning, interoperable, and resilient cyberspace capabilities to successfully counter and defeat a determined adversary in cyberspace.”

Computer networks and the information they provide are key advantages that “enabled the Navy to act with speed, agility, and precision in a broad spectrum of operations ranging from humanitarian assistance to major combat operations,” the report said.

However, these advantages could become vulnerabilities if the Navy is prevented from fighting effectively due to cyber attacks.

“Practically all major systems on ships, aircraft, submarines, and unmanned vehicles are networked to some degree,” the report said. These systems include most combat, communications, engineering, and position, navigation, and timing (PNT) systems used in precision guided missile and bomb attacks.

Cyber attacks by foreign governments and non-state adversaries can “hold Navy forces at risk.”

“Over the past several years Navy networks have been attacked in cyberspace by a broad array of state actors, terrorist organizations, ‘hacktivist’ groups, organized crime, and individual hackers,” the report said. “Motivations include personal gain, information theft, discrediting the United States, sabotage, political gain, denial or degradation of the Navy’s access to cyberspace, and mapping Navy networks.”

The attacks led to diminishing the Navy’s advantage over adversaries, security compromises, and personnel stress.

Full article: Cyberwar on the High Seas (Washington Free Beacon)

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