[ISN] With Plan X, Pentagon seeks to spread U.S. military might to cyberspace

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Date: Thu, 31 May 2012 04:20:53 -0500 (CDT)

By Ellen Nakashima
The Washington Post
May 30, 2012

The Pentagon is turning to the private sector, universities and even 
computer-game companies as part of an ambitious effort to develop 
technologies to improve its cyberwarfare capabilities, launch effective 
attacks and withstand the likely retaliation.

The previously unreported effort, which its authors have dubbed Plan X, 
marks a new phase in the nation’s fledgling military operations in 
cyberspace, which have focused more on protecting the Defense 
Department’s computer systems than on disrupting or destroying those of 

Plan X is a project of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, a 
Pentagon division that focuses on experimental efforts and has a key 
role in harnessing computing power to help the military wage war more 

“If they can do it, it’s a really big deal,” said Herbert S. Lin, a 
cybersecurity expert with the National Research Council of the National 
Academies. “If they achieve it, they’re talking about being able to 
dominate the digital battlefield just like they do the traditional 


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