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U.S. Air Force designates six cyber tools as weapons
From: InfoSec News <alerts () infosecnews org>
Date: Tue, 9 Apr 2013 02:20:09 -0500 (CDT)
By Steven Musil
April 8, 2013
Six cyber tools have been designated as weapons by the U.S. Air Force,
allowing the programs to better compete for increasingly scarce Pentagon
funding, an Air Force official said on Monday.
Lt. Gen. John Hyten, vice commander of Air Force Space Command, told a
cyber conference held in conjunction with the National Space Symposium
that the new designations would boost the profile of the military's
cyber operations as countries grapple with attacks originating from the
"This means that the game-changing capability that cyber is going to get
more attention and the recognition that it deserves," Hyten told
conference attendees, according to a Reuters account of the speech.
"It's very, very hard to compete for resources ... You have to be able
to make that case."
Hyten, who said the Air Force was working to integrate cyber
capabilities with other weapons, offered no details on the new cyber
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