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 destroy. How can I influence by non-kinetic means? How can I reach up and create confusion and gain control?’ he told reporters.
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. Cyber Command wants to sow confusion among enemies by striking networks
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.
According to the New York Times, CYBERCOM has previously placed ‘implants’ in Islamic State group networks that let experts monitor the group’s behavior and ultimately imitate or alter commanders’ messages so they unwittingly direct fighters to areas likely to be hit by drone or plane strikes.
CHINESE AND RUSSIAN CYBER THREATS
A report from the Centre for a New American Security found China intends to become the ‘premier global AI innovation centre’ by 2030.
Kari Bingen, Secretary of Defence for Intelligence (SDI) warned Chinese and Russian artificial intelligence is speeding ahead of other nations.
‘It’s a no-brainer, we have to be investing’, said Mr Bingen in response to the report.
There are currently 180,000 objects hurtling around space and not enough airmen and analysts to keep an eye on them, he told the Express.
Last week Nato warned that the world is under a ‘considerably’ higher threat of war than four years ago, naming artificial intelligence, China’s growing military strength and a resurgent Russia as some of the risk factors.
Another technique likely being employed is a common type of cyber attack known as a denial of service.
Cyber Command had previously been a subordinate part of the US Strategic Command, but President Donald Trump in August ordered the Pentagon to elevate it to its own command, in a sign of its growing importance.
In addition to cyber soldiers, experts have recently noted that algorithms will soon play an important role in warfare.
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. Stock image
According to a report from Govini, the US armed services invested $7.4 billion (£5.5bn) in AI, big data and cloud computing last year which is set to change modern warfare.
Military chiefs have warned the US ‘can either lead the coming revolution, or fall victim to it’.
The report comes as the Pentagon focuses on improving its algorithms amid growing concern powerful Chinese and Russian AI could be set on world domination.