Trump, Seeking to Relax Rules on U.S. Cyberattacks, Reverses Obama Directive
President Trump has reversed rules governing the protocols for U.S. cyberattacks. The move gives the Pentagon greater freedom to deploy advanced cyber operations without approval from the State Department and the intelligence community. Previous regulations required multi-agency approval for cyber operations. Rescinding the Obama-era regulation places cyberattacks on the same level as traditional military operations, which do not require interagency approvals for individual strikes or operations. This change will likely allow for a greater U.S. cyber presence against its state and non-state adversaries.