By Thom Shanker
The New York Times
April 14, 2010
WASHINGTON -- The Army intelligence officer nominated to lead the
Pentagon's new command devoted to warfare in cyberspace has warned
Congress that policy directives and legal controls over digital combat
are outdated and have failed to keep pace with the military's technical
The officer, Lt. Gen. Keith B. Alexander, wrote to members of the Senate
Armed Services Committee that computer network warfare was evolving so
rapidly that there was a "mismatch between our technical capabilities to
conduct operations and the governing laws and policies."
As he prepared for a confirmation hearing on Thursday as the first head
of the Cyber Command, he pledged that the White House and Pentagon were
"working hard to resolve the mismatch."
In a 32-page response to questions from senators, General Alexander
sketched out the broad battlefield envisioned for the computer warfare
command and acknowledged the kind of targets that his new headquarters
could be ordered to attack.
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