Air Force focusing on cyber warfare challenges

Air Force focusing on cyber warfare challenges
Air Force focusing on cyber warfare challenges 

By John Nolan
Staff Writer   
Dayton Daily News
October 21, 2009 

DAYTON - Add this to the complexities of cyber warfare: It may someday 
be difficult for the United States to attack an enemy in cyberspace 
without damaging a network that the U.S. military itself needs for its 
own electronic communications.

That is one of many issues that the Air Force and sister services need 
to figure out as they define how to try to attack enemies and defend key 
U.S. computer networks in cyberspace where "battlespace management at 
the speed of light" may be necessary," Kenneth Percell, director of 
engineering at the Warner Robins Air Logistics Center, Robins Air Force 
Base, Ga., said Wednesday, Oct. 21.

"How do I attack somebody else and not damage myself in the process?" 
Percell told a business audience at the InfoTech 2009 conference during 
a panel presentation on global vigilance. "Some of my packets might need 
to go through that router, wherever it is."

Another challenge will be doing cyber casualty assessments, to determine 
which key network points may have been undermined by enemies, he said.

According to one projection, electronic communications will have become 
so interdependent by 2030 that no one will be able to attack another in 
cyberspace without hurting themselves by damaging a network they will 
need, said Col. D. Scott George, commander of the National Air & Space 
Intelligence Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. 


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