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[ISN] Air Force focusing on cyber warfare challenges
By John Nolan
Dayton Daily News
October 21, 2009
DAYTON - Add this to the complexities of cyber warfare: It may someday
be difficult for the United States to attack an enemy in cyberspace
without damaging a network that the U.S. military itself needs for its
own electronic communications.
That is one of many issues that the Air Force and sister services need
to figure out as they define how to try to attack enemies and defend key
U.S. computer networks in cyberspace where "battlespace management at
the speed of light" may be necessary," Kenneth Percell, director of
engineering at the Warner Robins Air Logistics Center, Robins Air Force
Base, Ga., said Wednesday, Oct. 21.
"How do I attack somebody else and not damage myself in the process?"
Percell told a business audience at the InfoTech 2009 conference during
a panel presentation on global vigilance. "Some of my packets might need
to go through that router, wherever it is."
Another challenge will be doing cyber casualty assessments, to determine
which key network points may have been undermined by enemies, he said.
According to one projection, electronic communications will have become
so interdependent by 2030 that no one will be able to attack another in
cyberspace without hurting themselves by damaging a network they will
need, said Col. D. Scott George, commander of the National Air & Space
Intelligence Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.
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