Posts Tagged ‘PLA’

“Soft Ribs and Strategic Weaknesses”

December 18, 2008
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Chinese military strategists describe the US military dependence on space assets and information technology as a strategic weakness they mean to exploit, according to a new report (large file) from the Congressionally chartered US-China Economic and Security Review Commission. The report asserts that the investments China’s military is making in space and cyber operations “could provide it with an asymmetric capability enabling it to prevail in a conflict with US forces.”

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Cyber Attacks From China Show Computers Insecure, Pentagon Says

August 9, 2008

Cyber attacks originating within China have exposed vulnerabilities in U.S. military computer systems that “increase the urgency” for improvements, according to a top Pentagon official.

Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England, in a 70-page request sent to Congress July 11, asked to shift $1.8 billion in approved spending to other programs, including computer security, reports Tony Capaccio at Bloomberg.com.

“Recent attacks from China on Department of Defense networks and systems increase the urgency to construct cyber systems” that can’t be penetrated, England said.

England said the Pentagon must develop its own technology. Building effective, secure systems for military command-and- control and sharing sensitive information between the military services and allies are requirements that “cannot be met with current commercial products,” he said.

Analysts said England’s statement is the Pentagon’s clearest public admission that its computers have been penetrated by China.

Read the entire article at Bloomberg.com