Meyerrose: Cyber operations don’t mean “cyber war” on ISIS

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter revealed goals of United States cyber operations against ISIS this week. Carter says one goal is to “Black these guys out. Make them doubt their communications, make it impossible for them to dominate and tyrannize the population in the territory they are [in].” Longtime military cyber observers could not recall a previous discussion, so publicly and at such a high level, of U.S. cyber operations against an enemy.

Also this week, Carter announced the “Hack The Pentagon” initiative. The Defense Department will designate a controlled portion of its network for the exercise. Hackers can register for vetting, and then probe the designated portion of the network for vulnerabilities. The most successful hackers will be eligible for cash prizes.

Major Gen. Dale Meyerrose (USAF ret.) talked about both cyber stories on National Defense Week.


Maj. Gen. Dale Meyerrose (USAF ret.), Meyerrose Group, on National Defense Week

Photo: U.S. Air Force photo/Capt. Carrie Kessler

1 Comment

  1. Tom Trezza Jr.

    Great Interview with General Meyerrose-he gave us good insight into the thinking of why The Dept of Defense Leaders would have controlled hacking into their networks. I would like to think the culture within DoD is changing-which allows for more out of the box and commercial type strategies in fighting this Cyber Warfare with the enemy


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