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Monday, February 4, 2013

Cyberwar "Rules of Engagement" to be Kept Secret

Today's New York Times Story (see it here) reports that the the "…rules for how the military can defend, or retaliate, against a major cyberattack…" will be "highly classified." To a certain extent, keeping our retaliation methods secret makes sense, since we don't want the enemy to know our capabilities. However, the only people from whom we're keeping our "provocation threshold" secret are the voters. Our diplomatic forces are jolly well letting governments around the world know where we draw the line. Which means we just don't want the American voter to know how lame our escalation strategy truly is. Or…am I missing something here?

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Implementation suggestions for THE MORGAN DOCTRINE are most welcome. What are the "Got'chas!"? What questions would some future Cyber Privateering Czar have to answer about this in a Senate confirmation hearing?