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Pentagon Revising Cyber-Attack Responses, Dempsey Says

The Defense Department is rewriting the rules of engagement for responding to computer assaults on military networks, Army General Martin Dempsey, the top U.S. military official said today.

To ensure that the military “is able to operate at network speed, rather than what I call ‘swivel-chair’ speed, we now have a playbook for cyber,” Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said in prepared remarks for a conference in Washington. Those rules are being updated for the first time in seven years to improve command and control for military forces responsible for defending against cyber-attacks, he said.