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With an Eye on Russia, U.S. Pledges to Use Cyber Capabilities on Behalf of NATO

U.S. News

"We will formally announce that the United States is prepared to offer NATO its cyber capabilities if asked," Katie Wheelbarger, the principal deputy assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs, told reporters during a trip to Europe by U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis.


China's top military body may find itself in crosshairs of Japan counterstrike capability

The Japan Times

Speculation is growing in Japanese security circles as to whether targets of a proposed "counterstrike capability" would include China's Central Military Commission, its armed forces' highest decision-making body headed by leader Xi Jinping. The speculation came to light in a parliamentary meeting last week when the Defense Ministry did not answer directly a question from an opposition lawmaker seeking to know whether what has until recently been called "enemy base attack capability" targets would include China's CMC. This could be due to a conflict with your ad-blocking or security software. Please add japantimes.co.jp and piano.io to your list of allowed sites. If this does not resolve the issue or you are unable to add the domains to your allowlist, please see out this support page.


Britain has offensive cyberwar capability, top general admits

The Guardian

Britain's most senior cyber general has said the UK possesses the capacity to "degrade, disrupt and destroy" its enemies' critical infrastructure in a future cyber conflict, in a rare acknowledgement of the military's offensive hacking capability. Gen Sir Patrick Sanders, who heads the UK's strategic command, said that he been told by Boris Johnson to ensure Britain is a "leading, full-spectrum cyber power" able both to defend against – and carry out – hacking attacks. But while the British military claims to have had an offensive cyber capability for a decade, it has rarely been publicly discussed. Sanders said the armed forces worked "in partnership with GCHQ" to deliver "offensive cyber capabilities". These could, in theory, Sanders said, "degrade, disrupt and even destroy critical capabilities and infrastructure of those who would do us harm, ranging from strategic to tactical targets" both in isolation or alongside traditional military force.


Iran will not compromise on self-defence capability

Al Jazeera

To save the 2015 nuclear deal, European leaders may look for concessions on Iran's ballistic missile programme. Its strategy in Syria, Lebanon and Yemen could also be questioned. But Iran insists it has the right to self-defence and an independent foreign policy.