US Army to deploy cyber soldiers to target enemy computer networks

WASHINGTON: The US Army will soon send teams of cyber warriors to the battlefield, officials said Wednesday, as the military increasingly looks to take the offensive against enemy computer networks.

While the Army’s mission is generally to “attack and destroy,” the cyber troops have a slightly different goal, said Colonel Robert Ryan, who commands a Hawaii-based combat team.

“Not everything is destroyed. How can I influence by non-kinetic means? How can I reach up and create confusion and gain control?” he told reporters.

The cyber soldiers have been integrated for six months in infantry units, and will tailor operations according to commanders’ needs, said Colonel William Hartman of the Army’s Cyber Command.

The Army has for the past three years conducted training for such operations at a huge center in southern California.

Hartman didn’t give details on what the cyber troops can achieve, except to say that they would be scooping up information or intercepting planned attacks.

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