The Pentagon's combat testing office warns that the U.S. military's cybersecurity capabilities are not advancing with sufficient speed to head off a potential "onslaught of multipronged" attacks by adversaries.
Despite progress in fending off attacks staged by in-house "Red Teams," the testing office said, "We estimate that the rate of these improvements is not outpacing the growing capabilities of potential adversaries who continue to find new vulnerabilities and techniques to counter fixes."
The U.S. Department of Defense's Robert Behler said the military has yet to fully grasp how to counter automation and artificial intelligence.
The assessment comes amid other critical appraisals of the military's ability to maintain and improve its cyber-defenses.
For example, in October, the Government Accountability Office said the U.S. military had failed to make cybersecurity for its multibillion-dollar weapon systems a major priority until recently, despite repeated warnings.
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