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Hagel, ahead of China trip, urges military restraint in cyberspace

U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff U.S. Army General Martin Dempsey testify before the House Armed Services Committee hearing on on Capitol Hill in WashingtonBy David Alexander WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, pushing for openness ahead of a trip to China, said on Friday in an unusual live broadcast from a secretive base the Pentagon would exercise restraint in using the military in cyberspace and urged other nations to do so as well. In his first remarks on cyber security since becoming defense secretary last year, Hagel told a retirement ceremony for Cyber Command chief General Keith Alexander that the Pentagon sought to be “open and transparent” about its cyber capabilities and intentions with both allies and competitors. “The United States does not seek to militarize cyberspace,” Hagel he told an audience at Fort Meade, Maryland, the home of Cyber Command and the NSA signals spy service.

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