The DoD is considering five "initiatives" in its defense strategy, including (1) training staff and providing resources, (2) develop new defense operating concepts, (3) create partnerships with other U.S. government organizations and the private industry, (4) build relationships with other nations and allies, as well as (5) attracting human talent and the promoting of innovation.
According to the DoD, the new strategy will affect more than 15,000 networks and more than 7 million individual computers within the U.S. military alone, all of which are the target of millions of daily attacks. Another primary target that needs better protection is be the Library of Congress, which holds more than 147 million data storage units and suffers from significant data theft every year. Deputy Defense Secretary William Lynn also revealed that the DoD was targeted by a hacker attack in March of this year, which resulted in the theft of 24,000 confidential documents.
"Treating cyberspace as a domain means that the military needs to operate and defend its networks, and to organize, train and equip is forces to perform cyber missions," Lynn said at the National Defense University. "Keystrokes originating in one country can impact the other side of the globe in the blink of an eye." The Deputy Defense Secretary reiterated that the U.S. "must also be prepared to respond to hostile acts in cyberspace" and that the U.S. needs to "respond to serious cyber attacks with a proportional and justified military response at the time and place of our choosing."