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Analysis: U.S. needs cyber-offensive

Analysis: U.S. needs cyber-offensive
Analysis: U.S. needs cyber-offensive

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UPI Homeland and National Security Editor
September 29, 2008

WASHINGTON, Sept. 29 (UPI) -- The United States needs to do more to 
develop an offensive cyberwar capability, rather than just focus on 
defending its networks from attack, says the chairman of the House 
Cybersecurity Subcommittee.

"The best defense is a good offense, and an offensive (cyberwar) 
capability is essential to our national defense," Rep. James Langevin, 
D-R.I., told United Press International last week, calling it "a 
necessary deterrent."

"Warfare is forever changed =E2=80=A6 never again will we see major warfare 
without a strong cyber-component executed as part of it," he added, 
citing as proof the assault on Georgian government Web sites that 
accompanied the Russian invasion there last month.

Langevin, the chairman of the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on 
Emerging Threats, Cybersecurity and Science and Technology, and a member 
of the House Intelligence Committee, also called on the White House to 
declassify much more of its Comprehensive National Cybersecurity 
Initiative, or CNCI, and said the Department of Homeland Security should 
be stripped of its lead role in defending the nation's computer 


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