U.S. CYBERWAR ‘BEST IN THE WORLD’: NSA’S GENERAL KEITH ALEXANDER

The Washington Times on August 26, 2013, reported that the United States has the best offensive military capacity in cyberspace of any nation, the head of the agency at the center of a domestic spying scandal said in congressional testimony. Excerpts below:

Gen. Keith B. Alexander, director of the National Security Agency and commander of U.S. Cyber Command, said, “We believe our [cyber] offense is the best in the world.”

His comments came in answers to questions from a March 2013 hearing of the House Armed Services Committee

Gen. Alexander said the United States maintains a “deep, persistent and pervasive presence on adversary [computer] networks.”

“We maintain that access, gain deep understanding of the adversary, and develop offensive capabilities through the advanced skills and tradecraft of our analysts, operators and developers. When authorized to deliver offensive cyber effects, our technological and operational superiority delivers unparalleled effects against our adversaries’ systems,” Gen. Alexander explained in response to a question from Rep. Trent Franks, Arizona Republican.

In response to a question from Rep. James R. Langevin, Rhode Island Democrat, Gen. Alexander added that U.S. cybermission forces would be trained “over the next three years” to “perform world-class offensive and defensive cyber operations.”

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