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US to offer cyberwar capabilities to NATO allies

Following the US’s move towards a more proactive cyber posture, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis is expected to announce that the US will deploy their cybercapabilities, upon request, on behalf of its NATO allies. A principal deputy assistant defense secretary shared that the US will not, however, give up sole control over its capabilities and personal. “Russia is constantly pushing its cyber and information operations,” she said, and cyber support in this manner will help to communicate America’s continued commitment to NATO. Functioning similarly to traditional alliance and military deterrence mechanisms, the US is developing its cyber strategy and working to decide how to understand and define it alongside traditional military or espionage operations. Now, it is attempting to demonstrate that attacks upon its people and infrastructure will come at great cost. 

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