On Oct. 9, 2018, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a new report to the Senate Committee on Armed Services analyzing factors that contribute to the current state of Defense Department weapons’ cybersecurity, vulnerabilities in weapons under development and steps the Pentagon is now taking to develop more resilient systems. It finds that there are major cybersecurity weaknesses in the Department of Defense’s new and existing weapons systems.
Nathan Swire is a recent graduate of Harvard Law School. Prior to law school he served for four years as an Infantry Officer in the U.S. Army, primarily with the Second Cavalry Regiment based out of Vilseck, Germany. He holds a bachelor's degree in Government from Dartmouth College.
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