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Preventing a Digital Pearl Harbor

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Army Cyber Institute

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As our national infrastructure, economy, and military have become increasingly dependent on computers and networks, it is critical that the United States works to prevent what Defense Secretary Leon Panetta labeled a "Digital Pearl Harbor." To do this, the county needs leaders both with experience fighting on the cyber battlefield and with the ability to integrate cyber effects into the kinetic battlefield. Since the late 1990s, the United States Military Academy at West Point has been educating such leaders through its cyber security education program, which includes West Point's Cyber Research Center and the annual Cyber Defense Exercise.

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