Missile defense and cybersecurity are among the top priorities for U.S. Stratcom’s, a division within the Defense Department. Its top priority is deterring a nuclear attack on the United States, said the organization’s top official.
Newly appointed head of the organization Gen. C. Robert Kehler testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee and said the biggest threat this country faces is the threat from weapons of mass destruction. He also said the organization’s No.1 objective is to protect this country against a missile attack from North Korea and a possible attack from Iran, if they obtain the resources to create their own missile.
Kehler also expressed concern about a different threat: the threat of a cyber attack. He mentioned hackers and their abilities to take advantage of technological vulnerabilities within government agencies, such as the Defense Department.
“Our greatest challenge in cyberspace is to improve our ability to operate and defend the DOD network at network speed,” Kehler said, “and to make sure our critical activities can continue, even in the face of adversary attempts to deny or disrupt them.”
Recruiting and retaining the best cyber experts is another priority for Stratcom, the general said.
“Almost like every Marine is a rifleman [and] every sailor is a firefighter, every service member, certainly every airman, … is going to be a cyber defender,” he added.