A careful reading of the reporting suggests that the U.S. response consisted of three distinct operations.
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U.S. Cyber Command and the Russian Grid: Proportional Countermeasures, Statutory Authorities and Presidential Notification
A blockbuster article by David Sanger and Nicole Perlroth in the New York Times reports U.S. Cyber Command operations to hold at-risk at least some aspects of the electric power grid in Russia. The story raises a host of legal and policy questions.
Clarifying the art of the possible might be the operation’s real lasting success.
‘Achieving and Maintaining Cyberspace Superiority’: A Cyber Command and Interagency Legal Conference
I'm happy to report that U.S. Cyber Command will host its sixth annual legal conference from March 4–7, and that some seats may still be available. The title is "Achieving and Maintaining Cyberspace Superiority," and it is consciously framed as not just a CYBERCOM but also an interagency (and international) production.
More details from the organizers, including contact information if you’d like to attend:
The new U.S. Cyber Command vision and the Department of Defense Cyber Strategy embody a fundamental reorientation in strategic thinking.
U.S. Cyber Command will host its fifth annual legal conference from March 5–8.
Friday morning, the White House announced it will elevate Cyber Command to a full unified combatant command. Within 60 days, the Secretary of Defense will recommend whether Cyber Command should also be split from the National Security Agency.
The White House has released a statement announcing the elevation of CYBERCOM to a unified combatant command.
The Government Accountability Office last week published a report that, among other things, weighs in on the pros and cons of the NSA/CYBERCOM “dual-hat” system (pursuant to which the director of the NSA/CSS and commander of CYBERCOM are the same person). The report deserves attention but also some criticism and context. Here’s a bit of all three.
1. What is the “dual-hat” issue?