No options ‘off the table’ for U.S. response to cyber attacks

May 8, 2009
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The U.S. military’s response to a cyber attack would not necessarily be limited to cyberspace, the head of U.S. Strategic Command said Thursday.

“The Law of Armed Conflict will apply to this domain,” said Air Force Gen. Kevin P. Chilton.

The United States’ response to a cyber attack would be decided by the president and Defense secretary, Chilton told reporters during a breakfast roundtable.

“Our job would be to present them options, just as every other combatant commander would do,” he said.

Chilton would not rule out a kinetic response to a cyber attack. (Stripes)