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Discussing Cyber Attack

U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates and General Kevin Chilton, USAF

U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates addresses the audience with Gen. Kevin Chilton, commander, U.S. Strategic Command, during the activation ceremony of the U.S. Cyber Command at Fort Meade, MD, May 21, 2010.

Credit: Cherle Cullen / U.S. Department of Defense

Cyber attack—the other side of cyber defense—deserves a more open discussion than it has been getting.

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