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National Security Council: Fractured Advice, Conflicting Messages


Now, more than ever, we need a National Information Strategy that is insulated from domestic politics. This article highlights several serious problems which this administration is loathe to admit, Democrats cannot stop cheerleading enough to see, and that Republicans cannot stop attacking enough to fix this. We have a severe lack of military experience in… Continue reading National Security Council: Fractured Advice, Conflicting Messages

Censorship · Crisis Management · cyber security · Human Rights · Security

US to Relinquish Control over Internet


The US Commerce Department announced, yesterday, its intention to give up control over the Internet at the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration — an agency of the US Department of Commerce, source here. US Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information, Lawrence E. Strickling, said We… Continue reading US to Relinquish Control over Internet

Crisis Management · cyber security · Cybercrime · Cybersecurity

The Reality of Attribution about Cyber Attacks


This morning I read an article about attribution for cyber attacks and it just struck me that I believe too many people are hiding behind over-classification. The article was “What makes cyber attacks so hard to trace?” I asked a good friend and I was told this could not be answered ‘in the open’, meaning… Continue reading The Reality of Attribution about Cyber Attacks

Afghanistan · Crisis Management · Information operations · Inter-cultural communication · Public Diplomacy

Damage Control in Afghanistan


An American Staff Sergeant killed 16 civilians in Afghanistan and now comes the information war. Now comes the apologies from President Obama, check. We’ve seen a statement by an ISAF spokesperson, check.  A statement was released by CENTCOM, check. These statements were published worldwide, check.  They’ve been tweeted, check. They’re on Facebook, check. Okay, we’ve… Continue reading Damage Control in Afghanistan

Computer Security · Crisis Management · cyberwar · Hackers · Information operations · Iran

Iran will retaliate: Cyber Attacks


The Iranian AhlulBayt News Agency published a piece today entitled “Iran will reciprocate cyber attack by US: Army commander says” Please, take a minute and read it. The only really good thing about this article is that they do not use the term cyberwar. Wait a second, they do say “Cyber Warfare“, but I’ll give… Continue reading Iran will retaliate: Cyber Attacks

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A US Cyber Auxiliary?


The United States might learn something from a Swiss system of a ‘home guard’, where individuals keep their government assigned weapon at home in secure storage. The same system might be applied as a Cyber Auxiliary.