August 26th, 2010
04:42 PM ET

Inside look at Pentagon's cyberdefense strategy: The battlefield beyond bad flash drives

David Gewirtz | BIO
AC360° Contributor
Director, U.S. Strategic Perspective Institute

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The September/October issue of Foreign Affairs is now available online and within its virtual pages is one of the most important cyberwar articles in modern history.

Written by United States Deputy Secretary of Defense William J. Lynn III, the article is as important to understanding America’s global cyberwarfare strategy as the Monroe Doctrine was to understanding America’s approach to foreign affairs.

It should be noted that Secretary Lynn is the #2 person at the Pentagon, effectively the Pentagon’s chief operating officer and operates as the Secretary of Defense by delegation in the absence of SecDef.


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Editor’s note: David Gewirtz is Director of the U.S. Strategic Perspective Institute and Editor-in-Chief of the ZATZ magazines. He is one of America's foremost cyber-security experts and a top expert on saving and creating jobs. He is a member of FBI InfraGard, the Cyberterrorism Advisor for the International Association for Counterterrorism & Security Professionals, a columnist for The Journal of Counterterrorism and Homeland Security, and has been a guest commentator for the Nieman Watchdog of the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University. He is a faculty member at the University of California, Berkeley extension, a recipient of the Sigma Xi Research Award in Engineering and was a candidate for the 2008 Pulitzer Prize in Letters.

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