U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter answers reporters' question during a joint news conference with his South Korean counterpart Han Min Koo at the Defense Ministry in Seoul

Pentagon's new cyber strategy cites U.S. ability to retaliate

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter answers reporters' question during a joint news conference with his South Korean counterpart Han Min Koo at the Defense Ministry in SeoulBy Phil Stewart REDWOOD CITY, California (Reuters) – U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter is due to unveil an updated cyber strategy on Thursday that will stress the military’s ability to retaliate with cyber weapons, a capability he hopes will help deter attacks. The strategy presents a potentially far more muscular role for the U.S. military’s cyber warriors than the Pentagon was willing to acknowledge in its last strategy rollout in 2011 and singles out threats from Russia, China, Iran and North Korea. The Defense Department, it said, must develop “viable cyber options” as part of the full range of tools available to the United States during heightened tensions or outright hostilities. It should be able to use cyber tools to disrupt an enemy’s command of networks, military-related critical infrastructure and weapons capabilities.

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