Obama issues cyber warfare rules of engagement

Presidential approval required in some scenarios

President Barack Obama has signed executive orders that set forth the parameters by which the U.S. military can engage its adversaries and conduct routine espionage in the cyber realm, reports the Associated Press.

Signed more than a month ago, the orders state that in some cases military commanders must receive presidential approval before they can retaliate against a physical or cyberattack using cyber means.

The Defense Department, which has been working on rules of engagement for cyber warfare for the past two years, also is working with U.S. allies to craft an international cyber policy.

Reader Comments

Thu, Jul 14, 2011

..so out of his depth.

Thu, Jul 14, 2011 George Badone Hawaii

The increase in IT dependency dictates a strong defense of the system against attack. Thus, strong punishment should be the result in event of such attacks. Electronic Cyberspace may be considered sovereign territory as New Your is considered geographical sovereign territory. An attack on any USA "electronic grid" is an act of aggression and may be considered as an act of war.

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