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January 6, 2010

SPOOKS IN THE MACHINE: How the Pentagon Should Fight Cyber Spies

WASHINGTON, D.C-The Progressive Policy Institute (PPI) today released a report by Noah Shachtman examining the Pentagon's approach to combatting cyber attacks. Shachtman, a contributing editor at Wired magazine and the editor of its award-winning national security blog, "Danger Room," assesses the dangers of operating on an open network, the pressing threat of cyber espionage and the Pentagon's current solutions to the problem.

Download the full policy report here.

"Clearly, there needs to be a rather serious re-evaluation of military information assurance," writes Shachtman. "The Pentagon needs to do a better job of figuring out theoretical risks from actual dangers; secret drone feeds can't be left open while blogs are placed off-limits."

Shachtman's memo urges a more comprehensive solution to the growing cyberwarfare threat, which could cripple the Department of Defense's ability to communicate and operate.

Download the full policy report here.

The Progressive Policy Institute is an independent research institution founded in 1989 that seeks to define and promote a new progressive politics in the 21st century.  Through research, policy analysis and dialogue, PPI challenges the status quo and advocates for radical policy solutions.

For more information or to speak with the author, contact Steven Chlapecka, schlapecka@ppionline.org, 202.525.3931.

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