Friday, June 10, 2011

U.S. government incompetence, part II

I previously wrote that the DOJ thinks the FBI is incompetent. During cyberwar discussions at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, D.C., a lemming-like mass hysteria overtook the panel as it bent over backwards to self immolate:
Asked about attacks on DOD networks by another country, the panelists said the U.S. should respond, but in most cases, in a limited way. Only if major damage was done should the U.S. consider responding with force, said Judith Miller, former general counsel at the DOD.
I highlighted the phrase "…in a limited way…" as the whole concept of deterrence demands that ALL cyber attacks be treated as acts of war and responded to with massive retaliation. To be sure, massive cyber retaliation as opposed to physical force unless specific but well-defined damages occur. This is called The Morgan Doctrine. Anything less is just plain silly.

And anything less just invites cyber adventurism (or should it be adven-tourism?) from abroad.

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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?