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Senators Demand Answers on U.S. Cyber Warfare Policy

The Defense Department has failed to deliver to Congress a report on U.S. cyber warfare policy that would clarify the legal authorities and rules of engagement to be used in the event of a cyber attack, the leaders of the Senate Armed Services Committee said today.

“The continued failure to address and define the policies and legal authorities necessary for the Pentagon to operate in the cyberspace domain remains a significant gap in our national security that must be addressed,” wrote Senators Carl Levin, a Michigan Democrat, and John McCain, an Arizona Republican, in a letter to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.