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[ISN] Pentagon Will Help Homeland Security Department Fight Domestic Cyberattacks
By Thom Shanker
The New York Times
October 20, 2010
WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration has adopted new procedures for
using the Defense Departmentâs vast array of cyberwarfare capabilities
in case of an attack on vital computer networks inside the United
States, delicately navigating historic rules that restrict military
action on American soil.
The system would mirror that used when the military is called on in
natural disasters like hurricanes or wildfires. A presidential order
dispatches the military forces, working under the control of the Federal
Emergency Management Agency.
Under the new rules, the president would approve the use of the
militaryâs expertise in computer-network warfare, and the Department of
Homeland Security would direct the work.
Officials involved in drafting the rules said the goal was to ensure a
rapid response to a cyberthreat while balancing concerns that civil
liberties might be at risk should the military take over such domestic
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